Celebrate Easter-Mourn

April 8, 2009

in Everyday Traditions

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This week we’re talking about Easter and unique ways to celebrate all that Jesus did for us.

Congrats!

Before we do that, I want to say Congrats to Chrissie at fliplopsandapplesauce (one of my favorite blogs) and Rachael.  They both won their choice of a Bible story cloth.  Congrats.  If you didn’t win, but are still interested, check out my little store.

Now onto celebrating Easter.

Wednesday-Mourn

In our culture, the word, ‘mourn’ makes all of us quite uncomfortable.  Even in times of real pain and sorrow, it seems almost unhealthy to let go and just sit in sadness for a while.  I know that too much internal processing and sadness can lead to unhealthy isolation and depression.  I’m not suggesting that sort of thing.

Image by Rockthenations

Image by Rockthenations

But, I do think it’s appropriate to take some time to think about the sadness of sin, the horrific pain of Jesus’ death, and the great threat of eternity a part from Jesus.

Jesus certainly mourned.

  • He wept and sweated and poured out his heart in the Garden at the thought of the terrible suffering He was going to endure.
  • He wept over Jerusalem as He anticipated them calling, ‘Crucify Him,’ mocking Him, and despising Him.
  • He called out to His Father in tears and despair as He hung abandoned on the Cross.

And His followers mourned too.

  • Peter wept at the realization of denying His Savior in the most critical hour.
  • Judas despaired of his betrayal of Jesus and mourned to the point of ending his own life.
  • The women wept and grieved their loss of their beautiful and nurturing friend and leader.

Most Easters I want to fast forward through Thursday and Friday and wake up Sunday morning with lilies and tulips and sunshine. But, sunshine is brighter after a long dark night.  And flowers are sweeter after the cold and colorless winter.

Sadness by Enrico Ronquillo

Sadness by Enrico Ronquillo

This Easter, I don’t want to skip forward to Sunday without sitting in the reality of:

  • my own sin
  • Jesus’ incomparable and excruciating death
  • the millions of individuals who are still outside of Christ

Let’s turn off the lights and sit in darkness for a bit. Let’s look at the wounds and scars on our bodies. Let’s hear the crying and pain of the world. Let’s mourn for all that has been lost to sin. Let’s look at Jesus who wore all those sins on his body and fell underneath the pain of it all.

Let’s mourn today.  Joy and celebration will come in the morning.

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