For many of us, Easter brings many memories and family traditions. Mine are full of ham, chocolate egg hunts, and having a special family breakfast with coloured eggs.
This year though, similarly at Christmas, my wife and I are realizing that we are now defining and instigating our traditions for our young family.
My wife has started that by baking Paska. Here is a picture of her work. Isn’t it great!
But, as I reflect on Easter I cannot help but think how ‘easy’ I have it. I mean, I take Easter for granted…I take Jesus’ death and resurrection for granted…I take those first few days after the first Easter for granted. John 21:1-14 helps me consider what it might have been like for those disciples days after that first Easter.
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There are so many things that jump out at me in this account – more detail given in the audio.
- Disciples must have been so confused…their master, the messiah, gone…(when was the last time life didn’t make sense for you?)
- Professional fisherman caught nothing all night (when was the last time something totally backfired on you?)
- Random guy from the beach suggests they try nets on opposite side of boat (how open are you to suggestions?)
- Peter reminded of his own calling in Luke 5:1-11 (when was your last instance of Spiritual deja vu?)
- Jesus on shore with a coal fire, bread, and already had fish (when all the disciples really needed was warmth, food, and reassurance that they are not alone) (when did Jesus last meet your needs?)
- Jesus continues to wow the disciples (when were you last wowed by Jesus?)
This year, Easter wowed me. Jesus wowed my heart with the simple reminder:
He rose from the dead. He paid the price. My sins are forgiven. I am His.
Jesus, continue to wow me, please.