This is still one of my favorite renderings of the Easter story. I got to hear S.M. Lockridge share this live when I was in college. We'll use this video in the pre-service time of each of our three Easter services. His core message here is that Good Friday wasn't so good it appeared...but Sunday was coming.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I was in our local Walgreen's store this week getting a new passport photo done. They told me it would be ready in fifteen minutes so I walked the store until it was ready. I went at lunch time so my walk through carried me down the Easter candy aisle of the story. The usual things were there and plenty of chocolate bunnies. I've always felt a little weird about biting the head off of a chocolate bunny. It hasn't stopped me but I still felt weirded out by it.
As I walked down the Easter candy aisle something new caught my eye. I've shared the picture with you here...A chocolate cross. I've got to think there's something wrong with that. I'm sitting in my office with Sunday's worship order in front of me. We're going to sing "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross". As we approach Easter Sunday, surely the cross of Christ should mean more. Take time this week to survey the wondrous cross. Here are the words to this great hymn:
When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.
See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.