Easter Week Countdown: Waiting

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Palm Sunday

Monday: Jesus cleans out the temple

Tuesday: Jesus anointed with expensive oil/perfume

Wednesday: Jesus teaching people

Thursday: Passover (the Last Supper) Maundy Thursday

Good Friday: the cross

Saturday: Waiting

In the time of Christ, I imagine Saturday as being a day of waiting and grieving the death of a dream, if Jesus Christ’s followers were still hoping for Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow the Romans. They didn’t know that something much better was to occur on Easter Sunday, despite the fact that Jesus had foretold His resurrection and the timeline for it…they still seem surprised when He conquers the grave and returns to life. In my life, I can relate to waiting on the Lord in times of uncertainty and thinking my own plans and ideas for my life have not come to pass. I’ve had times, for myself or loved ones, when I questioned His goodness even though He has promised to never leave or forsake me. Just as the disciples saw His power in His miracles of healing, provision, raising Lazarus from the dead, they still questioned His Lordship, just as I sometimes choose not to believe in who He has proven Himself to be in how the Lord has taken care of me time and again.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28

 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5 (Deut 31:6)

So, one lesson in the waiting is to trust in the Lord and rest in His care and power and authority. He is sovereign.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:4-8

For our celebration of “waiting,” we dye eggs! I’m sure there will be some hunting, as well. Besides symbolizing new life, Easter Eggs have been long standing tradition because people refrained from eggs during the season of Lent. Since the chickens kept on laying them, there was an abundance to eat on Easter Sunday and hard-boiling them helped them keep from going bad!

Also, below is the steps in our Easter tree – Pen Elaine and I collected sticks from the yard, taped them in a bundle, then stuck them into an empty mason jar that had a doily already modge-podged to the outside. We hung some old, beaded Easter eggs for decoration.

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