The Difference ...

Post date: May 2, 2011 5:09:30 AM

We are a week past Easter. Yet, I never want us to forget the difference that Easter makes in our lives ... even now.

At the conclusion of our Good Friday service, people were invited to write prayers or the burdens they carry on a piece of paper. They were then invited to physically nail these pieces of paper to the cross.

This symbolic act represents Good Friday.

We no longer carry the burdens of this world. Jesus can handle them. We no longer carry the weight of sin. Jesus won the victory over sin and death on the cross.

Friday ended with the cross filled with nails.

Yet, it did not stay that way.

On Easter morning the nails were removed. The prayers and burdens were removed as well. In their place stood fresh flowers. Congregations members filled the cross with flowers from their gardens or ones purchased from a nursery.

This symbolic act represents Easter and the life we can live each day.

After the resurrection, there is new life.

There is no need to be weighed down. There is no need to live as one who is defeated.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30

Easter is available to you each day of the week,

Jeff Gravens