Good Friday and Easter Reflections
Good Friday and Easter Weekend—it is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. It is the one thing and event that separates us from all other belief systems. We have a Savior that died, atoning for our sins, breaking all the other laws that we would have to follow to make things right. Jesus defied the laws and the religious system, making Christianity (at least to me) the easiest path. All we have to do is believe! The best part that Jesus is still LIVING! He is no longer dead.
Even though this holiday marks the foundation of Christianity today, it often is not as huge of a holiday as Christmas (which is still important). Even though you may not be celebrating as much as you do during the December holiday season, how can you remember what Easter and Christianity is all about? I’ve been doing a lot of personal reading, listening to music, and meditating this week which has prepared my heart for this special weekend. I’m sharing some of my thoughts and the things I’ve done this past week, that you may be interested in doing and reflecting on if you feel that you need to get in the right mindset to truly celebrate Easter this year.
I am an old-school, 90s Christian music and classic worship songs fan, as that is what I have grown up with and still go back to listen to for my Christian music fix! These are some of my favorites for Easter worship and for reflection. I often listen to Christian music on my way into work to get my mood and mindset right for the day. If you are like me, I hope you enjoy this list, as you revisit old favorites (or maybe even new ones)!
Here are some of my favorite Bible verses for Easter to reflect on. Feel free to scroll through each verse.
Here are some of my reflections and thoughts that have really impacted me this year. Although I have always known these things, they have definitely really have been at the forefront of my mind.
1) Jesus’ trial was illegal and the charges had no foundation.
So goes the way of political and religious systems and the basics of group psychology, which were all alive and at play. It was the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan, but oh how the things that happened in this story happen today! The Pharisees and Sadducees had to fabricate lies and stories in order to convince the Roman government to put Jesus to death. In Mark 14: 53-65, the religious leaders “were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put Him to death, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against Him, but their statements did not agree.” After going through several questions and testimonies that did not add up, the crowd continued to say He should be put to death. Even after Pilate (Mark 15: 6-15) found no fault or crime, he was more concerned about satisfying the group and handed Jesus over. The ultimate written charge was being identified as “The King of the Jews.” (Mark 15: 26)
Although this was the ultimate plan, how are you perceiving people and things in your daily life? Are you more concerned with going along with what everyone else says and following the crowd?
2) Jesus ultimately took on all the sins of the world.
So on your absolute worst day, when things couldn’t be worse and you are in absolute pain, find comfort in the fact that Jesus experienced that same pain, and even worse, as He took on all the worse sin, sorrow, and wrongdoings of every human. The pain and separation from God He experienced is unimaginable. As we look on Good Friday, remember these things. This poem is in my play list, but this really speaks to those thoughts.
3. We can meditate on the meaning of Good Friday, but victory comes on Sunday!
We need to remember the solemness of Good Friday, but hope and victory come soon! From my personal journey, I can honestly tell you that Jesus changes lives.
I hope you all have a very Happy Easter!
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