“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Psalm 150:6
Whether it is called Easter or Resurrection Sunday is not as important as the event and purpose of the resurrection. However, the timing of the crucifixion and resurrection is significantly meaningful. The resurrection of Jesus is the culmination of all things meaningful, faith and fact, in establishing a relationship with God.
God used the timing, which occurred just after “Passover” and during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to illustrate the ultimate sacrifice He made for sinners. Without this sacrifice, Christianity would be an empty religion. Every purpose of Jesus Christ, His atonement for sin, would be unfulfilled and the foundation of Christianity would fall apart.
The Passover commemorates God’s “passing over” the Hebrew’s homes by the angel of death (Exodus 12:29). By accepting Jesus, we are promised eternal life and we are saved from spiritual death. The Feast of Unleavened Bread (verse 15) begins with unleavened bread (made without yeast) and sacrificing an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. Leavening represents the escape from bondage and sin. Jesus is called the Lamb of God through whom the only escape is possible.
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are God’s provision for the perfect and final sacrifice for man’s sins. God requires no other payment for sins! With this provision, mankind is granted opportunity for new life by the forgiveness of sin and escape from its bondage. It is ours for the mere acceptance of this gift.
This is the key event in the New Testament where it is proclaimed throughout. All four Gospels report the miraculous event. In Matthew 28:6 the angel declared “He is not here: for he is risen!” Mark 16:6 reports “‘Don’t be alarmed,’ [the angel] said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'”
In Luke 24:46-48, the risen Jesus gave His disciples a greater understanding of the resurrection when He told them: “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Jesus foretells of His resurrection in John 16, then to one of the doubting witnesses, Thomas, He says the following in John 20:29: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
While Jesus was admired and praised as a teacher, healer, and for performing miracles, He was put to death on the cross. But God raised Him from the dead. Had the witnesses not believed what they saw, Christianity would not have spread across the globe and remained a profound belief to this day.
Being in a new city has given me the motivation to find new places and activities for the family to enjoy. Easter just so happened to come at a great time. I found an easter egg hunt and mini festival at Hagan Park, which is just 2.5 miles from us. I am loving all the great parks around here.
The egg hunt started promptly at 10am and there was a huge crowd gathered at the park. After a “ready, set, go” all the kids were making a dash for the eggs in the field. Corbin was so overwhelmed that after the first egg he froze and didn’t know where to go. He ended up gathering three eggs with dads help. He was pretty sad about it. Thankfully some of the staff came out with extra eggs and tossed a few his way. He felt a lot better after that. We took some photos and then headed over to the mini festival. We walked around a bit, but then we made our way to the other side of the park where there was a mini steam train and a petting zoo. We waited in line forever it seemed for the train, but it was well worth the wait. We had a fun filled family day.
Yesterday I came home to a big surprise. While our landlord was installing the new water heater, his mother was in the backyard creating a gardening box just for us. I must have said “Thank You” a hundred times. What landlord does that? They blessed our socks off.
That same night, as soon as the boys were in bed, I ran out to buy some soil, seeds, a few plants and a tools. I couldn’t wait to start. I knew I had to wait till to morning to do any actual work, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t dream about getting my hands in the earth and planting. There is something magical about planting a seed, seeing a plant creep up from the ground and then in time producing the most delicious fruits and veggies. It’s so rewarding!
This morning, once Benjamin was down for his first nap, Corbin and I went in the backyard and started adding soil to cups and then seeds. Corbin loved being able to help and wanted to do everything. Sharing this experience with him was a special moment that I’ll cherish forever.
Later in the afternoon I couldn’t wait to finish and my May deadline is quickly approaching, so I decided to get busy and get as much done as possible. I managed to get more done than I thought. I still need to wait for the carrots and broccoli to sprout from the cups Corbin and I started before adding them in the garden as well as come up with some kind of fence or netting to go around it to deter the birds, but the main part is done. Phew! My muscles are sore and it feels great. Maybe in a month or so we’ll start seeing real fruit…patience is a virtue.
Corbin is in the process of potty training and we’re hyping it up by giving him lots of praise, being enthusiastic when he tries & is successful, giving him stickers for #1 and little lego pirates for #2. I have also come up with a few silly songs to sing. Here’s a song called “All Aboard The Poo Poo Train”. Enjoy!
Whenever friends have babies my mind starts reeling. What should I make now? I decided to try my hand at making baby tag blankets. They turned out so cute! The hardest part is choosing which ribbon to use with the fabric and pinning everything. Once everything is set, the sewing is a breeze. Now I’m just kicking myself for not taking pictures of the ones I gave as gifts. Oops! The photos are extra ones I made.
For St Patty’s day we joined a few friends at a park in La Mesa. The boys had a great time playing and exploring the new playground. Corbin is getting braver and makes friends so easy. He may play shy, but he is very talkative and outgoing. Benjamin loves to walk and climb the play structures (with help, of course). He gets extremely upset with me if I try to let go or sit him down.
I took a few photos of the boys in Nana and Papaâ€™s yard before we left for Sacramento. Corbin is 3 years 4 months and Benjamin is a year on Monday. Itâ€™s an exciting time and we look forward to all the fun adventures weâ€™ll have in a new place, but itâ€™s still heartbreaking to leave the family and friends that we love. Luke found us a great home, so come and visit!