As you read this, you – along with literally billions of people across the globe – may well be putting final plans together for celebrating Easter. No doubt high on your list of things to buy is chocolate! Wrapped in colourful foil and shaped like eggs, bunnies, or whatever (no one really cares) the important thing is it MUST be chocolate… Oh, and there is one more very important thing, there must be LOTS of it! LOL
On a more serious note, I want to encourage you and your family to “have a break” (pardon the pun) from chocolate chomping; and find some time to genuinely reflect on what is arguably the singularly most important event since Almighty God spoke and the world was created…
…and that is, the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of Almighty God!
Why did this happen? Why would He do this?
The answer is heart-breakingly simple… because – in a nutshell (or should that be, a hollow chocolate-shell), God loves us and wanted to restore us (that’s you and me) to relationship with Him for all eternity! For God so loved the world, that He gave His one an only Son, that whomever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
The Ultimate Act of Love
What an unselfish sacrifice… the ultimate example of Agape love (sacrificial giving for the highest good of someone else).
What humility! “5… Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5b – 8)
Led like a lamb to the slaughter
Jesus is the one of whom Isaiah prophesied some 700 years before He was even born, would be “led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7), but later would be “exalted to the right hand of the Father…” (Acts 2:33).
You are invited
I want to invite you to switch off your cellphones, TV’s, Netflix, Showmax, Playstations et al! and just take a few minutes to read and reflect on the prophetic words recorded for us in the Book of Isaiah, chapters 52:13 – 53:12. In addition to the fact that as already mentioned, this was written some 700 years before Jesus was even born; the staggering accuracy of Isaiah’s description of what Jesus would suffer in order to restore us (that’s you and me) to relationship with God our Father, is heart wrenchingly arresting and convicting!
Sadness Turned to Joy
What sorrow and sadness in our reflections on “Good” Friday, but what ecstatic jubilation awaits us on “Resurrection” Sunday, as together with the rest of the world, we commemorate the fact that JESUS IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED! HALLELUJAH!
On behalf of all of us at Love2Learn, I would like to wish you and your precious families, a truly blessed and peaceful time over this long weekend! (And, here’s to consuming a little less chocolate and a lot more LAMB!) xxx
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
13 See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.