Saturday, March 30, 2013

~What Easter Means to Me~






This is the last in a mini-series I began this month, entitled "What Easter Means to Me". If you missed part 1 & 2, I have re-posted the links below.



While there are many fun Easter traditions celebrated in Western society, (think eggs, chocolate, gift-giving for children in small, colorful baskets, and meals shared with family/friends) today I am going to give a quick synopsis of what is portrayed in the bible as occurring approximately 2,000 years ago:

-Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples (Judas) and given over to the religious authorities to be tried, and upon them readily finding him 'guilty' by false accusations, he was given over for torture (whipping, flogging, etc.), and then eventually he was taken away to be crucified...

-However, on the third day, His tomb was found to be empty! He had already told His disciples that He would die, and then raise again back to life; however, like many of us today, they did not fully understand what He meant

That is the very, very short version...to read the full passage from the bible you can visit this site www.biblegateway.com and read Mark 15 & 16 (or look at the end of the gospels in your own bible).

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So, now I would like to share the conclusion of my mini-series: why I celebrate Easter


Five Things The Cross Did for Me; why I celebrate Easter!


  • It brought me hope for my future; here & into eternity

  • It changed my outlook about life, from a mainly negative one, to one filled with hope

  • Christ taught my heart to forgive, let go of my past, & receive His love for me

  • It brought an end to past destructive habits

  • I no longer have to wait around feeling hopeless, depressed & condemned about my mistakes. I've been given new freedom, His hope and His joy!

Here is a short encouraging story, from a dear friend of mine, of what the cross has meant to her:


“In the same way the robbers who were crucified with Him also heaped insults on him.” Matthew

27:44

       I have seen over the course of the last few months how God has used the cross to change so much of my life. I would like to share a very recent story of what God has been doing in me:
One thing you will need to know about me is that I have undergone a lot of rejection in my past. I have gone into my adulthood still carrying a lot of these hurts. God has recently shown me how I haven’t overcome these hurts fully & am still bearing unforgiveness in my heart towards certain people. This past weekend, in my church, I took part in communion to remember what Christ did for me with approaching
Easter. As I took time holding that cup in my hand, thinking about Christ dying on the cross for me, I experienced a change taking place in my heart. In that moment, God spoke a very real thought in my heart that brought me freedom from these hurts: ‘When they were throwing insults at you and ridiculing you, they were not doing it to you, they were doing it to me.’ I have seen God heal me from unforgiveness, and now I am free to live in this new wholeness. With this, I have experienced a new peace and rest, and
am ready to walk in His will for my life.~Sarah


Conclusion of this article:

Easter is one of my most favorite holidays..ever. 

Hope. Joy. New Life. Overcoming. 

Available to all.


We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2 ERV)














Sorry...cute lil Mr. Bunny Rabbit! As cute as you are, you need to move over to make way for the REAL reason Easter is celebrated :)












10 comments:

  1. Hello Rach! What a cheerful & blessed blog:) You are my Faith Filled Fridays neighbor & thank you for writing on the significance of Christ! Even as a Christian sometimes I get sucked into the commercial aspects of the holiday & this is the refresher I needed.

    You said you love other mama blogs, well come join me over at Creatively Redeeming Her. Here's my FFF post, http://creativelyredeemingher.blogspot.com/2013/03/broken-order.html

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I think we all really do. Not, that we can't enjoy other festivities and aspects of the holiday...but I needed some reminding myself this year.

      Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  2. Love. Love. Love this post!!!

    We talked to the children about this, they were very inquisitive about the whole Easter Bunny celebration and asked what does the Easter Bunny have to do with Jesus? We told them that when we begin to see little sweet bunnies hopping to and fro, we can be sure that the celebration of His Jesus

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    1. It's a good reminder for us all eh?
      I am humbled that God is so patient with us as we learn to walk with Him, day by day.
      Hope all is well & thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a Story." please return on late Monday evening or Tuesday and bring us another story. The cross of Jesus Christ was ugly splintered wood, spattered with blood, sweat and possibly other body fluids. Not a pretty sight, but that was not the worst part. The sins of mankind were placed on Jesus as he hung on that cross and the sky turned dark with grief and then the worst part happened - God turned his back on Jesus, because his father God could not stand to look down on this sight any longer. "Father why have you forsaken me?" When all others ran, Jesus could take that, but not His heavenly father. That was too much and it broke his heart and he proclaimed that what He had been sent to do was done. "It is finished" he cried. I did it for you - - - he thought in his mind and he could see into the future and view all those he was dieing for. That cross reminds me of death, but I am go glad the story did not end there, for we know he rose again on the third day, full of life, power, forgiveness and love. Proving to his friends that it was truely he, after 40 days, he gave another promise, I will return, but until then I am sending you a Comforter and guide. The Holy Spirit will abide IN you, and WITH you and never leave you.

    Wow, I must post this on my blog, as I got inspired here.

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    1. So glad you stopped by and shared your inspiration! The other day I was re-watching a scene from "The Passion" and I was just weeping thinking on ALL that HE went through...just because He loved us :)

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  4. I love how you said that Jesus taught your heart to forgive and how your friend then shared a story about how Jesus taught HER to forgive as well.

    Fortunately we have a God who forgives and is able to help us forgive!

    I hope you have a lovely Easter/Resurrection Sunday and thank you for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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    1. Thank you so much! We did have an amazing Easter :)
      Hope you did as well.

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  5. Oh, Praise God for the lightness (is that a word) of his burden and for relieving me of the weight of my own! He is so good!

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    1. Yes, I totally agree!! Thanks so much for stopping by again Sarah. Enjoy your comments :)

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