Friday, April 22, 2011

Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

We are in the Christian holiday called Easter. Easter is known for many things....bunnies, dyeing eggs, Easter baskets, egg hunts, chocolate, pastel colors, Easter lilies, candy, baby chicks and ducks, Easter dresses and hats, going to Grandparents, Peeps, spending time together with family, a special meal, the Crucifixion, Christ's Resurrection, the Sacrifice, the Lord's Supper, fasting, and more.

There is a wonderful story in the Bible that gives hope! The accounts are found in many places in the Bible...Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  This story is what Christian beliefs are based on...God's Son dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead to be with his Father to prepare a place for us.
John 14 King James Version

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also 

A Sacrifice. There is no greater Sacrifice made.

The Crucifixion and The Resurrection should be remembered every day and to partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (New King James Version)  

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat;[a] this is My body which is broken[b] for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Acts 20:7 (King James Version)

 7And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

I tend to get so busy in my every day life here on Earth and neglect to "REMEMBER". I need to make sure to make time to read the Word, open my Bible, pray without ceasing, count my blessings, and be more Christ like at all times. 

Our Father and His Son should be on our mind and in our hearts every day. Talking to them, worshiping them, pleading for their forgiveness, giving thanks for all things, and always remembering the SACRIFICE made for us.

May your Easter weekend and every day be filled with family, prayer, love, hope, faith, thanks, blessings, the Word, and of course remembrance of God's sacrifice of His Son.

Matthew 27-28 (King James Version)

 1When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
 2And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
 3Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
 4Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
 5And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
 6And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
 7And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
 8Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
 9Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
 10And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
 11And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
 12And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
 13Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
 14And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
 15Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
 16And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
 17Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
 18For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
 19When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
 20But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
 21The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
 22Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
 23And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
 24When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
 25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
 26Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
 27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
 32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
 33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
 35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 36And sitting down they watched him there;
 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
 39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
 40And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
 41Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
 42He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
 43He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
 44The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
 48And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
 54Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
 55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.
 57When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
 58He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
 59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
 60And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
 61And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
 62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
 63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
 64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
 65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
 66So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

 1In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
 2And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
 3His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 4And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
 10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
 11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
 14And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
 16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What are your special traditions for your Easter weekend? I would love to hear! And of course...what is your favorite "Easter treat"?


I've already bought and been through I don't know how many bags! You should see my desk drawer at school!


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

thanks for reminding me to remember....Happy Easter...

Life In a Little House said...

Beautiful Post ~He is Risen indeed!! ~ We will be going to church and then hopefully cooking up some good food I haven't decided yet what to make but the kids have requested a more traditional meal like ham and mashed potatoes pie :) Oh the candy you showed is one of my favorites I couldn't find any at the store the other day aghhh!! I was so looking forward to having some!! Have a Blessed Easter Love Heather

blessedmom's simple home said...

Thank you so much for sharing Christ here like this. What a wonderful post!
Happy Easter to you and your family :-)

GardenofDaisies said...

For us, Saturday night is the Easter Vigil Mass, which starts out in darkness and gradually gets lighter, to symbolize the light of the risen Christ. Sunday is the big family gathering, usually with ham and all kinds of fixin's for lunch. Also a crazy egg hunt for all the cousins. (a wild competition between the boys and the girls.)

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Hey there friend!

Can't tell you just how much this scripture means!!! Hope you had a wonderful and lovely Easter. With kids growing and not being close to home our traditions have changed. One of the changes is we go out to eat now. Love that!
Jen will be home in just a few weeks. Can't wait to hug her and fix all her favs. Take care


sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

What a great post, and so very true!! We had a great Easter. My parents always have an Easter egg hunt, and this year Manny got to join in - kind of. :) Of course going to church together is so special too. Hope you guys had a great Easter! Oh, and I hope you found the Dollar General tub! I live in a small town, and they had it here, so you should be able to find it. :) Good luck!

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Hello Friend~
Thank you for your sweet words you left on my blog today.
School is winding down ~ I bet you are counting down the days. Brian's last night of school forever is tomorrow night. It has been a long time coming.
I am looking forward to having a quiet summer.
I can't wait to see Boston. I will be there a week and pray everyone here will do fine without me. Brian and the kids will be staying home to keep the home fires burning.
We have several trips this summer. We are looking for a house and chicken sitter ~haha!

It was good hearing from you~