The Hidden Easter Festival

April 3, 2007

The CruxifictionEaster the Hidden Festival

I have one marker in my bible in the Old Testament and another in the New Testament. I have a marker around Nehemiah, Psalms, Isaiah and Joel.

You might be thinking crazy woman. I read a bit from the old and from the new and hey guess what there are no contradictions. God is precise, so precise he repeats so many things to his people so they won’t forget. There was a time many many years ago I used to think I can’t read that again, but now I do! Crazy again you say! No it is repeated for such a good reason. Reinforcement!!!

Last night my reading was how the Priests had all sorts of rituals to deal with the problem of Sin! How this world hates that word. I say it again SIN!!

Boy what a performance the Priests had to do to deal with sin. But God showed them and gave specific instructions. If it wasn’t done right as with Aaron’s sons they were killed – death. Harsh? some may say but on reading the Old Testament I realise what kind of God we are serving.

HOLY!!

Yes God is Holy but God goes to such lengths to be with His people. He wants to. He loves them. It is a protective all embracing love but we have to be brought back and our sins covered.

God helps us all the way.

He really does never leave us nor forsake us.

He cannot tolerate evil, wrongdoing do we?!

No when we see our children or people we love do something that brings harm we shout, rant and rave and try to save them. I think we have all been there I have. Our hearts sink low we want them to do right, we want the best for them and we go to any lengths to do it.

God is exactly so, we are made in the image of Him, but the seed of sin has to be dealt with.

This morning I read the beginning book of Luke and the birth of Jesus. As this is Easter week it has taken on a new meaning. It is also the time of the Jewish Passover.

Born in a stable probably among animals, born to Mary and Joseph humble people of God. They were poor as they brought their offerings of doves and pigeons. Everything is humble. Even kings came from afar and worshipped Jesus in the stable. What king today would do that? I wonder?

Christmas is greatly celebrated, people today even know that the name of Jesus is part of christmas… they might not know why but they associate the name to this event. Even back in my own younger years Christmas and Harvest stayed in my mind but Easter well that only had connotations of Easter bonnets and Easter eggs!

My husband Ray yesterday bought me some flowers and a straw made cockrel which he had his eye on in the shops. It’s great it is now sitting on our dining room table as a centre piece, trapped between table mats because otherwise it rolls over! lol

What has this got to do with Easter you might say….. NOTHING!

It was just a sweet gift from my husband which I also happened to like …but this is what the shops are selling at Easter time.

Yes Jesus the baby grew up “The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him.” (Luke 2 v 40)

Again around the Passover Festival which so happens to be now in 2007 when Jesus was 12 years old, his parents had to go back to Jerusalem to find Jesus as they thought he had got lost.

No Jesus never got lost!

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

We are the ones that are lost…. until we find Jesus.

Jesus answers his parents “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2 v 49)

‘But they did not understand his answer’ (Luke 2 v 50)

God it seemed hide the truth even from Jesus’ parents …. until the right time.

Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favour with God and people. (Luke 2 v 52)

As a christian I am always growing, but only of late…. It is so easy to disconnect ourselves from what God wants…. His Will against our own natural desires. Paul the great preacher and evangelist spoke of this all the time.

WE ALL FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD

“i AM THE VINE, AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. tHOSE WHO REMAIN IN ME, AND i IN THEM, WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT; FOR YOU CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT ME.” jOHN 15 V 5

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As you read my ramblings because that is what they are because I wanted to share a little of what I was reading, a little of my life here in St. Ives England and the journey I have with Jesus as we come up to this Easter time.

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It is no accident that I have been reading these sections of the bible because you see Easter I have always struggled with, I don’t know why I just have. But last night as I realised that the problem of sin is such a stumbling block for God to reach us I realised about Jesus.

Having read both Matthew and Mark before Luke ( I like to read in order) I was struck with the leading up to Christ’s cruxifiction and how Jesus no matter what was thrown at him, whoever beat him over the head, He never said a word.

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I have always been so drawn to Isaiah 53 how Jesus was despised and rejected, that there was nothing in this world that would attract anyone to him. Sometimes I feel that the world, even the church have so glamourised him without really seeing who He really is.

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I mean who would want to look at anyone who is covered in blood from whippings and beatings and receiving so much abuse for being good.

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His clothes would have been tattered, torn and yes despised by all those around them

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Jesus humble, meek and mild took all this punishment because He knew He was the sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice that would satisfy God for our sins.

Yes our sins, yours and mine.

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Was Jesus scared. Yes He knew what he would have to endure. Scripture says so.

But He chose God’s will over how he felt

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SIN

The word we love to hate.

It had to be paid.

No other perfect offering would do.

This was our last chance.

This is our last chance.

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Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life

NO ONE

No-one can come to the Father except through Jesus

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THIS IS EASTER FOR ME JESUS DIED TOOK ALL MY SINS AWAY

YES JESUS ROSE AGAIN BUT NOW THE LIFE I LEAD IS NOT MY OWN I WAS BOUGHT AT A PRICE AND MUST FOLLOW JESUS AND TELL PEOPLE HOW JESUS BOUGHT ALL THEIR SINS SO WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN AND LIVE A LIFE WORTHY TO GOD NOT OURSELVES

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