At Easter there is plenty of emphasis put on bunnies, chicks, flowers, and green grass. We like to focus on the "new life" aspect of this Holy Day. But we often just skim over what happened before new life came. Life had to be poured out first. And that act was anything but joyous.
And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. Mark 15:37
For us Easter is a time of hope and promise but this hope and promise does not come without a cost for us as well. We are called to "pour out our life" for Christ just as He did for us. He gave up His last breath so that we may have eternal life. But He also asks us,
Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Just as Christ chose to obey His Father and endure the cross for us, He asks us to daily deny our selfish desires and to carry our cross for Him. In each life this looks different. Some crosses seem HUGE and others much easier to bear. But each believer is called to carry one and we shouldn't compare our cross to each other. Christ carried His willingly out of His love for you and for me. It is hard, and requires daily sacrifice, but let us strive to carry our cross willingly out of our love for our Savior.
After Christ carried His cross and endured the grave for 3 days He rose victorious over death. Now, we can have victory in this life too. We live with the hope and promise that this world is not our home and no matter what happens we are loved with an everlasting love. So, this Easter, remember the whole story. Don't forget that we are all called to carry a cross when you see Jesus carrying His and when He raises triumphant from the tomb remember that you can be victorious too.
Written by Happily Domestic Contributor- Amanda Sikes