Easter is just around the corner. It is just five days away. Naturally, this a momentous event in the eyes of Christianity. It is something that we can not even fathom what Jesus went through, yet as we are shopping for an Easter outfit, we are frenzied.
I went shopping for an Easter dress or an outfit of sorts. It did not end well. Coming home with nothing to show was disappointing. Well, I did have some things to show that I had been to town and purchased, but nothing to display my appearance when Easter Sunday arrives. As usual, I texted Holly throughout the day saying choice words. Such as why Old Navy needs a new designer because the shirts are way too short for fat people. Or how when you try a dress on, you may as well just wear it around the house as a moo-moo. I have curves, and LOTS of them too. It does nothing for them.
This "crisis" we will call it, had me thinking. Particularly during this week. Most of us are running around trying to find the best dress or best shirt for our kids and husbands. We are planning a menu for Easter Sunday meal; we may even be helping with a community-wide Easter egg hunt. This is the case for my family this week. I haven't thought of slowing down and paying attention to the week that defines my spiritual well being.
Jesus sent two disciples out with instructions for the Passover meal. That evening Jesus was sitting with his twelve disciples and informed them, that one of them would betray him. He even tells them, that the man who does betray him, it would be far better for that man if he had never been born!
Holly received a text from me that said: " I wish you were fat." Her reply was "Well, LOL." I didn't mean it ugly, I said it in a way, that I wish you could understand how hard it is to shop. While there are a million reasons as to how I could be "skinny," we don't even need to go there. I find peace in wearing t-shirts. I often felt though while trying clothes on that I wish I could start all over in a physical structure.
As the disciples were sitting around the table, Jesus had communion with them.
This is probably one of the most treasured ways that we are served. To be intertwined emotionally with the "Last Supper."
Jesus prays in Gethsemane, Peter, James, & John are with him. But they couldn't stay awake to watch with him. He continues praying and informs them that the betrayer is present.
How many times are we "awake" to even seen what is going on?
Judas has now kissed Jesus, only offering up which one to arrest. "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven." Peter, indeed denies Jesus 3 times.
To pacify the crowd, Pilate ordered Jesus to be flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then to be crucified. They dressed him in a purple robe and put a crown of thorns on his head. They spat on him and mocked him. Then dressed him in his clothes to be led away and crucified. A passerby was forced to carry Jesus' cross.
Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. It was nine o'clock in the morning. They continued ridiculing him, then at noon darkness fell until three o'clock. Jesus called out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
As silly as it sounds, I prayed as I was searching for the perfect dress/outfit. I just wanted to find something I felt comfortable and that I thought looked halfway decent in.
They held up a sponge with soured wine on it for him.
I drank a frozen coffee. Yet, I was having a lousy day.
Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. The burial of Jesus happened on Friday, they took his body down and wrapped him in linen cloth. His body lay in a tomb, carved out by a rock, and the stone was rolled to cover the entrance. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joseph, saw where Jesus’ body was laid.
Both Mary's went to anoint Jesus' body. When they arrived, the stone had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, an angel said to them, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he said before he died.”
He appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating, and told them to go and preach the good news!
When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Our family has a full week of "business to attend to." We have shopped for clothes, food, prepared for a community Easter egg hunt and will be planning a meal soon. We also have three new babies coming this summer within our extended family. So a baby shower is planned after Sunday dinner.
Jesus has not risen yet. That time is expected. Right now he is preparing his last meal. We are planning ours, yet we are worried about what we are preparing. We want it to be superb.
I guess purchasing new attire can also be thought of like a new life. However, I can bet that is not what we are contemplating when it is purchased. We want to show off, stand out and maybe even look better than others. I am not sure I will have something new before this Sunday. I mean that's ok, right?
I like to think I would rather see Jesus shine and wear his new attire before I put myself before him. Maybe he wants us to dress nicely for him. Who knows?
Ashleigh is a Wife, Mother, & Graphic Designer.