In recent years as Easter has approached, my thoughts have gone back about 15 years to when a boss who may not have been completely in touch with her employees decided to host an Easter egg hunt. The eggs were hidden around our small building and the employees searched for them. I was filled with dread as this sort of activity is not in my comfort zone. I managed to get the job of hiding the eggs, so I wouldn’t have to go searching for them later.
When the day arrived, I hid the eggs and then watched and waited as my coworkers went searching. When all the eggs were found and the hunt was done, we spent a few minutes together opening the eggs to find lottery tickets.
Several weeks later my boss commented that no one had thanked her for the activity or chance to win the lottery. I could understand why they had not thanked her. I think my coworkers were as unexcited about the Easter egg hunt as I was.
Today, as I remember the incident again, I feel a bit of remorse at not saying thank you. My boss, as best she could, had tried to do something fun and special for her staff. And although we may not have appreciated the activity, we could have at least thanked her for her efforts to do something nice for us.
Do We Really Understand the Magnitude of the Sacrifice?
Easter is now just a few short weeks away. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross to be the perfect sacrifice no sinner could ever offer. His sacrificial act allowed each of us to be forgiven, redeemed, and restored to relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we stop to consider the magnitude of the sacrifice of God our Father and Jesus of our Father giving up His Son, and the God Son coming to earth to pay the price for us — their love is incomprehensible.
Today, it can be easy to take Jesus’ sacrifice for granted. Too often a lifetime of familiarity with the Easter story means we rejoice in Jesus’ victorious resurrection and over look His all-encompassing sacrifice. If there is one thing we should be thankful for, it is Jesus’ death on the cross. If there is one thing we should be thankful for, it is Jesus’ death on the cross. Click To Tweet When we place our faith in Jesus, that one act gives us life when death was a certainty, restores our relationship with our Heavenly Father, allows us to be called His sons and daughters, permits God’s grace and mercy to flow through our lives, allows us to experience His many blessings, and means we not only experience life abundantly here on earth, but also enjoy eternal life with Him.
Everything to be Thankful For
At the foot of the cross, we have everything to be thankful for. Even in the midst of the trials, pain, and suffering we experience and in every day life, there is still much to be thankful for if our eyes are open and our hearts attuned to God’s heart. God Himself walks with us through our trials, ministers to us in our pain, and redeems our suffering.
Unlike the opportunity to express gratitude my coworkers and I missed, we now have the opportunity to express our gratitude to Jesus for the cross. Through the cross, Jesus carried the weight of human sin and depravity on His shoulders so that we might receive life. At the cross we can lay pain, trial, suffering, difficulty, hate, anger, bitterness, unresolved conflict, disappointment, and frustration, knowing that God’s justice and mercy will see us through. At the cross we can lay all our pain knowing that God’s justice and mercy will see us through. Click To Tweet This Easter, remember the cross and remember to thank Christ for dying for us, and our Father for sacrificing His only Son so that our relationship with Him might be restored.
What do you take for granted that you can be especially thankful for this Easter? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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