When The World Turns Against You

by pastortimfowler

9-7-4 Easter

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Imagine a time when everyone you know turns against you. Maybe you did something that you shouldn’t have. But what if you didn’t? What if you were just misunderstood? What if you were lied about and plotted against? What if everyone you knew left you all alone during the worst time of your life? How would you feel? You may feel a lot like Jesus.
As we get ready to fill our children with more lies about rabbits who bring baskets of eggs and candy, we have to think about the true meaning of Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you thought that you caught a bit of disdain for the Easter Bunny, you are right. At least Santa has a hint of what Christmas is about, but this is pure fantasy and misleading. Easter is the most important holiday for the Christian. It is the single most important part of our belief. Anyone can die, but Jesus was resurrected and that stands alone among all other beliefs. But before you can come back to life, you must die, and Jesus did. It was a painful, humiliating death and everyone who was close to Him left Him and even disowned Him.
Jesus, according to the Bible was a sinless man. He never lied, cheated, or stole, never betrayed a friend, and never turned down helping someone in need. His followers spent three and a half years living with Him and following Him. They were by his side when the blind man received his sight back. They were there when those with leprosy were healed of their disease. They were there when the five thousand were fed with only a few fish and loaves of bread. They saw Him walk on water and calm the storm. They heard Him teach about how He was sent to earth to die for the sins of humanity and that He would rise from the grave.
Just a few days before his arrest and crucifixion Jesus told his followers that one of them would betray him. We all know now that it was Judas and that he sold the information about Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. But what we rarely think about is that if the truth be told, they all betrayed Him. On the day that He was arrested they all began to scatter. They went back to their homes and villages and to their jobs. Some hid and we are told that a few followed from a distance. At one point, one of His closest friends was asked if he wasn’t one of Jesus’ followers and he denied it three times. The last time he not only denied that He knew Jesus, but he cursed Jesus in public and in front of those who had Jesus arrested. Leading up to the day that He was nailed to the cross, most everyone who knew Him, was gone.
The day that Jesus was crucified, he was publicly humiliated in every possible way. The religious crowd laughed at Him and mocked Him. His own people, the Jews, rejoiced that Jesus was dying on a cross instead of the known hardened criminal Barnabas. He even had two convicted criminals hanging beside Him and one laughed at Jesus’ demise. Only a few of his closest family and friends were there and even then they kept their distance.
Even today I feel that Jesus is still being mocked. We have reversed the trend from hiding on the day of his crucifixion to many who claim to know Him hiding the rest of the year. Now that we are all safe, and time has passed, everyone feels safe coming out on Easter for an hour. We just hide the rest of the year in case there is some retaliation. But our coming out on Easter is only under the disguise of wearing new clothes that we call our Easter outfit. We also don’t want to get to close too this horrible injustice so we bring out the Easter Bunny to make us all feel better.
When the world turns against us, we often turn to God. We call on Him to save us from our misfortune and our memories are often short-lived when God answers. But God never forgets us. Even while He was on the cross, He never forgot that without His death, we would have to die. Without His resurrection, we would only rot. When the whole world turns against you, Heaven will not.

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