This weekend we are celebrating Easter. For Christians, Easter is the holiday that states what we believe. Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins and he rose from the grave on the third day. But truth be told, Easter is so much more complex to imagine than just that! I was reading this morning in my devotional and it was talking about how Christ was publicly exposed for everyone to see on the cross, yet He chose to die this way. He saw people pass him by and mock him. He saw people pass by that didn't care at all. Yet, He chose this way to save us. He chose this way to save them. He chose this way to save me.
As I was thinking about this, I was convicted of how often I do things for people and I want them to see. I want the acknowledgement. I want the thanks. Man, do I have a lot to learn. Jesus was the perfect example of dying to self. He gave up his own life, without any thanks, for me and you. He did this because he loves us so much.
Think about this as you celebrate this holiday. How often are we doing what is right or something for someone else without any acknowledgement? It should be daily...every minute of every day.
Lord, please teach me to be more like you! Please take the selfishness out of my intentions! Give me a renewed love of others! Please help me to be more like CHRIST! Amen!
1: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. 2: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3: but when they went in they did not find the body. 4: While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; 5: and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6: Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7: that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." 8: And they remembered his words, 9: and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Christianity/2004/04/The-Story-Of-The-Resurrection.aspx#ixzz1qtw8DD48