I want to encourage us this week to not be negligent in meditating on the truths of Resurrection Sunday.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6
We should spend time thinking about the week that Jesus had prior to Calvary, the things He said, the people He spent time with, the false accusations and betrayals He went through.
Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me…For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.” Matthew 26:10,12
…Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Matthew 26:21
It is so important to teach our children about Jesus this week. Not just a few sentences while we’re dying Easter eggs, but all week long, we would be wise to prepare them to truly celebrate on Sunday, by explaining what the whole week looked like from Jesus’ perspective.
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39
We must allow yourself to be moved to tears over what the Lord Jesus did to purchase our salvation.
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him…And they spit upon him, and took the reed and smote him on the head. Matthew 27: 28-30
We should be mindful this week of Christ’s sacrifice and pardon, of His horrible death, and His ultimate victory over death, Hell and the grave!
It should fill us with shame that He had to pay for our sins, but then that shame should quickly be replaced with a deep and reverent gratitude, a spirit of awe and worship of our great Saviour.
I encourage you to not “neglect so great salvation” but spend the week remembering and praising Him for His great love for us.