The commercial adds try to tell us what is essential for Easter. But only one thing is essential for Easter: a ready heart. Has your lenten journey readied your heart for Jesus? There’s still time to do it.
We are not to rush ahead to Easter. Rather, we need to work on readying our heart. Have we surrendered our selfish hopes and false expectations? Have we confessed our sins and repented them? Are we ready to die with Jesus?
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
(Psalm 139: 23-24, CEB)
Edwin Peterman states “The only way you can be delivered from that sin is to have your false expectations destroyed, once and for all. And that is precisely what happened between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Jesus drew the false, sinful expectations of the world unto himself, absorbed them, and bore them on the cross. His death was the death of all of our false expectations, and therefore his death was the death of sin itself. The false piety of Palm Sunday is crucified on Good Friday and buried that night, in order that true faith in God might be created on Easter through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
It is essential to walk with Jesus through the suffering and death, if we want to enjoy the resurrection of Jesus on Easter.
Please, don’t rush ahead to Easter.
Please, don’t forget the suffering of our Lord.
Please, take your time to ready your heart.
Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:13, CEB)
When your heart is ready to embrace grace, you are ready for Jesus.
When you heart is ready to die with Jesus, you are ready for Easter.
We bring our hearts to you.
Cleanse us, mold us, ready us for Jesus.
We want to die with Jesus,
Resurrect us with Christ.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: how do you prepare your heart for Easter?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you walk with Jesus all the days of your life!
Giving thanks today for
#241 we are not alone in preparing ourselves for Easter
#242 there’s time for everything
#243 enabling grace
#244 it’s not about us but about God
#245 blessings that follow sacrifices
#246 living faith in us
#247 God does not want religiousness but authenticity
#248 God’s supernatural guidance
#249 the Spirit readying our hearts for Easter
#250 our worth is found in God Almighty