1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life comes not from the father, but from the world. The world and it’s desires will pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” There are a lot of things that verse doesn’t say. It doesn’t say to not love the people of the world. Look at verse 16. Notice it says everything in the world, the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life don’t come from God, but from the world. In verse 17, it goes on to tell us that the all the things of the world, and the world itself will eventually pass away. God doesn’t want you running after something that he knows will leave you empty, he wants you to run after him because he is everlasting, everything else is temporary. Piece of advice: Don’t love the world.
Easter has passed. Easter matters. Easter matters because through it, we find hope, we find joy, we find life. Easter matters because it’s the cross we are called to carry and die on to ourselves. Easter matters because when Christ was resurrected, he saved us from an eternal hell. It matters because through his resurrection 2000 years ago, we are called to rise our dead bodies from the grave. I love Easter because it’s what life is about, it’s about life and death, that’s why Easter matters.
It doesn’t take a Rocket scientist to figure out what they call it “Good Friday” I mean as long as you understand one simple thing, you have it. We are all sinners in need of Jesus Christ’s finalizing sacrifice on the cross.
That’s it. Tomorrow is Good Friday, and if we go back 2000 years ago, if we reflect on that final week, or that Friday on which he endured more physical pain than I or you will ever suffer in a single day, we may think it wasn’t such a good day for the King.
It sure wasn’t all sunshine and flowers, that’s for sure, but despite all that pain, he would prove to reign victorious over death, on Easter Sunday.
But that’s just it, you see you can’t have the resurrection without the crucifixion. That’s what makes it so glorious.
The more I reflect on this week and it’s meaning, I realize that Jesus never asked to us to remember his birth, but he did say at the Last Supper “Do this in memory of me.”
On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into town, but not on a kings stallion, on a humble donkey. The servant king. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 Jesus is the only king that humbled himself to the point of a servant, if we had lived back in his day, we probably wouldn’t have noticed he was a King unless, of course we’re one of his twelve (or eleven) disciples. But my point here is that Jesus always took less than he could have, but it’s because he saw the bigger picture that most Kings still fail to see, and because Jesus Christ himself was poor, he had a heart for the poor. You won’t see to many poor Kings, today and probably not many back then, either, but when Christ ran his ministry on Earth, things were different, yet so much remains to this day.
It’s here, the most Important week is here. Holy Week is here. Don’t listen to the devil, this is it. One more week until Easter Sunday, resist the temptation to make this week like any other. Just contemplate the passion of Christ’s crucifixion. The price is to great. Time is precious. Satan will do anything in his power (which is limited) to take your eyes off of Christ. Before you walk through the joyful resurrection, you must first go through the crucifixion, don’t let the painfulness of the journey stop you from your destination. Regardless of what kind of church you go to, just know the importance of this week. It’s the most important time in all of history.
Jesus Christ hasn’t left us with options to consider, he has left us with commandments to obey. I’m not talking about the “You have to work you to earn something from God.” kind of obey commandments, but the “I’m doing this completely out of love, and because you first loved me, and you took my spot on that cross” kind of obey commandments. – – All religions believe they have commandments to obey to their God, but in Christianity, it is different because we aren’t doing it so we can be accepted by our God because we already are. Look no further than the cross. If you aren’t convinced why we as Christians should obey commandments, if that just sounds exactly like all the other religions.. Let’s look at that words of Jesus Christ from the Bible.
“Whoever believes in my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21 “All who love me will do what I say.” John 14:23
Notice how in John 14:21 it doesn’t say “The one who obeys me will be accepted by my father.” It says “the one who loves me.” And if that’s not enough, just think of why you might obey your parents, not because if you do your chores you will be accepted by your parents, but you obey them because you love them. It’s a simple as that. We can’t work our way into Heaven, because we aren’t anywhere deserving for God’s kingdom, in the first place, but don’t forget you can’t earn anything from God because he created you and he already loves you, so just love him back.
Thomas Brunt is unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can email him: firstname.lastname@example.org