This is such a sweet picture with such a profound statement.
This time of the year when I go into the shops and am bombarded, and hugely tempted, with chocolate chocolate everywhere I get a sense that Jesus is being neglected and left out of the reason for Easter. Then when I read in Romans 11:36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things …… – how can this be, that we dislocate Him from Easter, and for that matter from our lives ? He is the pinnacle of God’s story for humanity.
Yes I am beginning to see a story – God’s story – unfolding from the pages of the Scriptures. God is the author of His story, into which is woven the story of our very own lives – we all have roles to play and destinies to fill in this wonderful story – that is if we want to be part of the mystery. The story, as with any good story, has a beginning a middle and an end – an everlasting end ! In between it is filled with intrigue and mystery, and as we live we unfold our story into His story – and make up history as it were.
We think that life is just about living, about making ends meet, getting education and showing off how clever we are, or making enough money to be as comfortable as we can. This life is so much more. It is a story that will be told and re-told one day. And to find out about the true meaning of life we have to delve into the Word of God, and there we will discover the secrets and the meaning of this thing we call Life.
This story begins and ends with Jesus. He is the meaning and the secret to life. If we miss Him, we just have an existence. So how can we ignore Him ? He is part of the mystery of this life. Its as if there is an invisible parallel life running along side this life, but it is kept hidden, kept a mystery, kept a secret. And if we want to know more, we have to go and search it out. God’s story is precious. He is not going to reveal it all at once to all who just pass by. Much wisdom and power and strength required the making of this Life, it is precious, and it is kept a secret for those who will go and look for it, – and what’s more, it is freely available to all who ask for it !
What is the secret. Let Colossians 1:15 explain it far better than I can.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
And He is before all things and in Him all things consist.
Jesus Christ is the secret. Give Him your heart, your story, He gave you His Life.
And that is what Easter is all about – you and God’s love for you – and me !
Enjoy this Easter, enjoy the chocolates and the holidays, but savour the Saviour and taste and see that God is good, so good !