The sobering heart searching Easter time:
We can read the Bible two ways as an observer or applier.
An observer says “Wow an amazing story, beautiful. God bless Jesus.”
An applier says “How does that relate to me?”
Palm Sunday the triumphant entry. –
Observer: Wow nice of the people to honour him. I wish I could have been there.
Applier: Would I have chosen a young donkey the size of a big dog to make my triumphant entry, or maybe an Elephant or Camel at least a horse. Would I have the humility to ride on a little donkey?
Palm Sunday Next he cleans out the temple
Observer: Wow. He was radical.
Applier: My heart is the real temple. Do I allow him to clean out my temple, the money, the business and the junk that clutters up my temple?
Simon Peter denied Jesus
Observer: Poor Peter, I feel sorry for him.
Applier: When was the last time I denied Jesus, when was the last time I did not stand up for him?
Observer: Shocking that they wanted to crucify Jesus and yelled “Crucify him”
Applier: Would I have been swayed by the mob and yelled “Crucify him”? I hope not, God be merciful.
Observer: Wonderful, I believe He is risen. God bless you Happy Easter!
Applier: The question is not “is He risen? Is He alive?” There is plenty of proof that He is. The question is, “Is He risen in my heart? Is He alive in my heart?” My heart is like that grave. Do I prefer to keep my heart closed because I feel there is something stopping me from rolling away that big heavy stone and besides there are ‘spiritual forces or keepers’ there that don’t want me to open up about who is inside, but just have quiet faith and don’t want me to have Jesus come alive in me and burst open my heart. Boy I need to ask Him to send an earthquake to set me free, as recorded in Matthew 28 ‘And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel said, Don’t be afraid: for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, just as he said. ‘
And so my friend I ask the angels to shake me up and to open my heart and to silence these keepers that try to keep me quiet about who is in my heart, let them be like dead men. I open that grave of my heart to let Jesus rise from the dead, so I can be full of life as Jesus is risen in my heart. I am not dead no I am alive, because He is alive in me. That is my Happy Easter!!