Now it is important to realize, I am not judging Peter. Heaven knows I couldn't stand that trial. This only comes to my mind because I believe the world has forgotten the meaning of Easter.
"Jesus is the reason for the season"
A phrase touted at Christmas, but for one moment look at Easter.
The first Easter began with the Passover meal. There would have been the Passover Lamb, a sacrifice for salvation, hard-boiled eggs, representing regular festival sacrifice, green veggies symbolic of spring, bitter herbs recalling the bitterness of slavery,
Haroset representing the mortar used by the Israelites in their forced labor, wine and unleavened bread.
Passover was and is a time of looking back at all that God has done for the nation of Israel.
The men and women of Jesus' time were so busy looking back that they did not see the Messiah they longed for in their very midst.
For Christ said "You will keep on hearing but will not understand; and you will keep on seeing but will not perceive" Matt 13:14
So what does our Easter look like? Well…………We have the Lamb of God. He died that we would be redeemed. The perfect Sacrifice. We have hard-boiled eggs. But I have yet to meet one Christian who knows why. We have an empty tomb instead of bitter herbs. Because we know that Christ's resurrection frees us from sin we have sweet stuff. But somehow a chocolate bunny just doesn't represent mortar and tears or much of anything really.
And we have the bread and wine of our Lord's supper.
"and when he had taken some of the bread He broke it, and giving it to each of them saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, Saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new Covenant in My blood."
Luke 22:19 & 20
But do we remember? Do we think of the pain He suffered? Does our skin crawl as we think of that rough heavy beam being laid across those shoulders so recently beaten? Does the back of our neck ache as we see Him struggle through narrow streets past jeering crowds? Does the pit of our stomach grow cold as we hear Him warn
"……..Stop weeping for me, but weep for your selves and for your children"? As we stand at the foot of the cross do we marvel that in His pain He can forgive?
"Father forgive them; For the know not what they are doing."
Even as a small voice says to our hearts "them or me?" Do we fall on our faces in anguished weeping as we hear Him commit His spirit into His Father's hands?
"Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit."
Do we slowly lower Him from the Cross, gently wrapping Him in grave clothes saying "We had hoped He was the One."
Do we run like Mary Magdalene to tell others, "HE IS RISEN!"
My point with all of this is that many Jewish people looked back and did not see what was before
them -- surrounding themselves with traditions, they missed what was happening before their eyes!
We Christians too, surround ourselves with tradition, eggs, roasts, turkey, family and friends. All of this to celebrate His resurrection. But
we, like many of the Jews of Jesus' day, may be missing what is happening:
Is Christ moving in your life?
Is He just "The reason for the season"?
Is He the reason for your life?
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