Image Courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net. An awesome man has given us hope, and has made us whole.
Quite frankly, we would all like to admit that Easter Sunday is all about tucking into those yummy chocolate eggs. Then again, we've waited a few days for the eggs to hatch so to speak.
The chocolate eggs serve as a metaphor for the real reason behind celebrating Easter. Irrespective as to whether or not you follow christianity, or perhaps you've joined the secularism club - Easter is all about our redeemer.
God (the creator of our universe, or the Grand Organised Design - whatever resonates with you) gave his one and only son Jesus to die on the cross for us.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." - John 3:16
I don't know about you, yet that statement gives us plenty of hope. It brings wholeness to our being. Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us of our sins, debts and imperfections.
On Easter Sunday, he gets resurrected and guides some frustrated fishermen to catch some fish from the other side. This is abundance. This is why abundance is your birthright. Before you tuck into the abundance of chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday; showing some immense gratitude (no matter how many times we say thank you to Jesus for what he has done) would come much greatly appreciated. Matthew 28:1-7 sheds the light, and gives us all clarity on the real reason behind Easter Sunday. Cheers to our redeemer, and to our salvation.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5
Brilliant. Jesus is our healer too. Easter Sunday (let alone any time of the year) gives us ample opportunities to welcome this redeemer who allows us to start afresh with a clean slate after every unexpected mistake.
We are humans, and we are not perfect. If you have ever watched such films showcasing Jesus' death on the cross for us, you will be able to appreciate how much pain and turmoil he went through... especially for us. Naturally, with abundance (on the back of this) comes a decent amount of responsibility. The more responsibilities in our world, the more problems and challenges we're going to have. We would not have problems if we did not have a pulse. Easter is the time to thank Jesus profusely for what he has done for each and every one of us. With gratitude (as the bible also says) that your burden is light through such acts of courage.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Easter Sunday is a time to celebrate goodness, peace and plenty.
"What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways." - Job: 22:28
In Summary, the epitome of Easter Sunday. Once you've spent some time in reflection (even at home), then tuck into those delicious chocolate eggs with your family and/or friends.
"I want to know christ and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead." - Philippians 3:10
Beautiful. Become new again this Easter with some rest and relaxation. This is why we also enjoy a four day long weekend at this special time. Just like Jesus, Easter is your chance to heal past hurts and become whole again.
To conclude, I love this song put together by a Sydney based new age Christian church (of which some people love, and some people loathe) - one that I could not stop listening to on a train commute recently. Enjoy:
Happy Easter wonderful Self Avenue subscribers and readers.