Stories touch our hearts, especially the true stories of people helping others in selfless ways. I love to hear real stories about people taking time out of their busy day to support their elderly neighbor or rescue a stuck animal. These stories gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and renewed my belief in the goodness of people. These types of stories make me want to be a better person, and some of them even stir me to change my ways.
As we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, I reflect on another story. This story shows us how one man changed the world. The Bible walks us through Jesus’ journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The verses detail out the final days of Christ’s life on earth. The truth of this story inspires me to want to change my life and become the person Jesus calls me to be.
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
I read the part of the tale about a day some call Maundy Thursday, the day our Lord ate the Last Supper with His disciples. After the meal, Jesus washed the feet of His band of twelve followers. Jesus knew Judas would betray him and yet He still served him by cleaning his feet. The truth of the story teaches me to help those around me even if they deceive me or wrong me.
John 13:14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”
Next, I read the section about the day called Good Friday. A secret trial finds Jesus guilty and condemns Him to death on a cross. He is innocent of any crime, but He willingly suffers a crucifixion for the love of all humanity. Jesus never stops to think of Himself first. The truth from this day teaches me to love everyone with unconditional love and without exception.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Finally, sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, we find the story of the resurrection of Jesus. Mary and several other women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body. The found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. An angel told the women that Jesus had risen from the dead and He had defeated death itself. The empty tomb offers us the truth of life after death for all who believe in Christ.
Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
The true Easter story in the Bible leads us to lead a better life. This new life will lead us to spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. Let us prepare our hearts to celebrate our Risen Lord this Easter.
Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”