Easter-Sunday…… WOW….. Lent has come to an end!
What a relief…!
For some, it is back to hot spicy non-vegetarian food,
For some, it is back to their favorite bottles in the bar,
For some, it is back to telling lies, troubling others, watching peculiar films, unholy-deals anything and everything that was kept suspended for all those forty days of LENT.
Everything else is remembered and the Son of Man who died on the cross is forgotten at least for another year.
Remember – “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans. 5:7 & 8 NIV)
Yes, on that GOOD-Friday Jesus was crucified as per the plan of God to SAVE mankind from their sins and find eternal life through Him. (Those who argue that the crucifixion was not on Friday please excuse). The day of crucifixion and his death, thus became a Good-day, for He paid the ransom for us to be delivered from sin and the clutches of Satan. And the news of His death became the Good-News, the Gospel – to find salvation by believing in Him.
Jesus the most obedient and the only begotten Son of God, carried out the task given to Him and submitted Himself for the supreme sacrifice on the cross.
He was buried, but His disciples could not find Him in the sepulcher on the third day, and the Angels told them: “He has risen!”
Not finding Jesus in the sepulcher and not knowing where to find Him, Simon Peter decided: “well, it is all over.” (His Lent days are over…!).
So, he told his friends Thomas (Didymus) and Nathanael: “I am going fishing.” (John21:3). Any way he went back, not to his sins but to his profession, to take care of himself and his family.
Peter even forgot what happened during the Last Supper….
That night, Jesus got up from the meal. And then, like any other servant in the houses of Israel, “took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water
into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” (John 13:4&5)
“No” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet”
Jesus answered: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8)
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14 & 15)
And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you…” (Luke. 22:19 & 20)
“DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME…” said Jesus.
The disciples and the believers obeyed this instruction of love.
After he had ascended into Heaven,
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts.2:44, 46 & 47 NIV)
That is why we take part in the Lord’s Supper every now and then in the church. This will remind us about His sacrifice on the cross. It will remind us of all His sufferings, being obedient to the One who sent Him. He was held on the cross not only by those three nails, but because of His love for you and me. He obeyed His Father till He knew, “It is finished”.
We are saved by Him, so we love Him.
We love Him, so we obey Him,
We obey Him, by leading a holy life.
Obey Him till the end of your life like the ‘man-Friday’*
Be Holy, and take part in the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him.
*Note: The name ‘man-Friday’ is an idiom used in English to indicate a totally obedient servant based on the novel ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe published in 1719. Used here only in that context as the story is related to a Friday. This fictitious character was saved from cannibals by Robinson Crusoe on a Friday and hence he named him ‘Friday’.
‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight …'(Ps. 19:14)
Author – C. Samuel Gift (Bethel Seniors Fellowship, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)
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