Behold the Glory of the Lord! : )
As women in our homes we think ahead to Easter and there are traditions that we've carried through for years and there are a few new ideas that we want to try. Growing up in my family, it pretty much was put on your Easter best, go to church, come home and while Mom was finishing up the Easter meal, eggs would be hidden for us to go out and try to find, then back in the house to our sit-down meal (which was pretty meager looking back on it). When our son was growing up, Easter began in our mother-in-law's home where she cooked the traditional Easter ham, had a pretty Christ-centered centerpiece, and then we either played games or worked on a craft project together. Then after she passed, it was handed over to my sister-in-law and she tried very hard to emulate what her mother had done for us and then, even after that, we started going out for Easter brunch at local restaurants (which was my least favorite). Now, I have Easter in our home. The guest list is short now but it still remains one my favorite things to do. I love the planning and the cooking and the decorating.
But, even so, as women in our homes, we need to remember to keep the focus on Jesus. I love all the rabbits and the chicks and the eggs just as much as the next person because they provide beauty in our decorations, but we have an awesome responsibility of keeping Christ in the Easter gatherings.
Having a personal relationship with Jesus is the most important way of doing this. Unless you, as the homemaker/Mom/Grandma/friend, know Jesus personally it's hard to convey that to others (and we want to convey that to others!!!!). In Luke Chapter 9, verse 20, Jesus asks of his disciple Peter - "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" And that's the question we ALL have to answer. It's THE important question. We cannot lead people to Christ if we can't answer this question ourselves. Who IS Jesus to you?
Now that I'm done reading the Old Testament, I'm in the Book of Matthew and this time I'm studying Jesus. Just writing down points as I read in order to learn more and more about Him. My list so far:
*Born the Son of God
*Tempted in every way
*Had a calling here on earth
*A teacher, preacher, healer
*God of reconciliation
*He is the ONLY way to God the Father
*He wants to do the will of the Father
*He wants us to put His words into practice
*He wants us to be humble, have faith, and believe
*Jesus calms the storms of this life
*He knows our thoughts
*He forgives our sins
*He calls us to do His work here on earth
*We are made new through Jesus
*We can cry out for mercy in Jesus' name
*Jesus IS the Truth
And that's only up to Chapter 12 in Matthew!!! : ) So, as you can see, if you could take only one of these attributes about our Lord and Savior and make it known at Easter, those who sit at your table can come know at least something about Jesus and that could lead to more and more. Planting seeds is a good thing! And how appropriate - as Spring is here we think about planting seeds outdoors and look forward to watching them grow. How about planting some spiritual seeds this Easter and watch and wait expectantly for those seeds to grow in the life of someone you care about?
So on this Sunday, I would encourage you ladies - to have fun in the decorating, the cleaning, the planning, the food preparations, but to also include Jesus in your celebrations. Just as in Christmas when we celebrate His birth, Easter we celebrate that fact that He bore our sins on the cross and rose again to Glory! Show everyone who comes into your home that Jesus is the reason for Easter. God bless!!!! : )