Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter is coming. Are you prepared?

Most of us do a good job preparing for Christmas. Signs go up telling us something special is going to happen. We hang wreaths, light candles, trim the tree, wrap gifts and string lights. But how do you prepare for Easter?
For Easter, many of us as Christ followers do nothing more than dye a few eggs, buy a new outfit and BAM! You’re done. All set. Finito. And yet Easter is the most important day of the year…or it should be. It’s the day we celebrate the central event of history, the day Jesus rose from the dead, the event that validates the cross of Jesus. How do we prepare ourselves for this glorious day?

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. Starting on that day, commit your whole week to preparing yourself for Easter. Read Luke 19:28-44 and Matthew 21:1-11. Apply three things from this story. First, do what Jesus says. He told two disciples to go get a donkey at a village. They obeyed. Is He asking you to forgive someone? To give something? To take something? To say yes to something? To say no to something? Whatever he says to you, do it.

Second, feel what Jesus feels. As He approached Jerusalem, He wept over the city because they did not recognize the time of God’s coming to them. His heart was broken because of the people. Will you let your heart be broken for those who are hurting, those who are wandering, those who are searching and those who don’t know they are searching? You know who they are; your neighbor, coworker, roommate, brother, sister, mom, dad, close friend, casual acquaintance, those who haven’t experienced peace, deliverance and freedom through faith in Christ.

Third, tell who Jesus is. As He entered Jerusalem on the donkey, people asked, “Who is this?” This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee. To prepare for Easter lets start on Palm Sunday by telling our coworkers, friends, family, classmates, and so on who Jesus is. Tell them He is risen, He is risen indeed.

P.S. There are certain things that make changes come about, but there is one thing that changes everything. Want to know what it is? Come worship with us Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to find out.

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