Adriane, Megan, and I decorated Easter eggs this past weekend and although that is not the true tradition of the holiday; it was a good reminder to why we do celebrate.
The Story of Easter
Foot Washing– Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave the world and go to the father. Jesus knew the father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. At this point in the story Jesus knew that he was going to be betrayed and yet he got down on his knees and retrieved a basin. Washing all of the disciples feet.
Announcement of the Betrayal-Jesus announced that who ever he handed a piece of bread to was the one who was going to betray him. After Judas took the bread Satan entered his body. Judas left the place of Passover.
Love Commandment– Jesus ordered everyone to love each other just as he has loved us.
Denial– Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. (Peter was one disciple that stood beside Jesus throughout his time on Earth).
Arrest in the Garden– Judas knew that Jesus often gathered in the garden with the rest of the disciples. He brought the guards from the chief priests and Pharisees. They called out that they were looking for Jesus. Jesus said to them “I Am.”
Jesus Testifies– The Priests questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. The trial occurs before Pilate.
Jesus is whipped and mocked as king– Crucifixion takes place on the cross.
Jesus is buried– Pilate gave the disciples permission to bury Jesus. They laid Jesus’s body in a tomb near by and rolled a large rock in front of it.
Empty Tomb– Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the rock had been rolled away. Jesus appears to Mary and replies to her “Woman why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” “I am going up to my father, to my God and your God.” Jesus appears to the disciples. All these things are written that we may know Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are one!
God made the ultimate sacrifice! Jesus died for all of our sins so that we may have eternal life. This calls for an AMEN!
Happy Easter Everyone!