“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Last week there were so many interesting articles written around the subject of the Resurrection and Easter. As I read and mediated on these articles there was one in particular that stood out, at first in judgement (yes, admittedly judgement) , then in sorrow. A beloved writer had openly expressed their views on Easter. The writer had expressed how year after year the celebrations of Easter always just seem to be about the “giving up” in Lent. The writer had seemingly never experienced the fullness of a spiritually significant Easter. In other words, this beloved writer has just always given up “things” during Lent in preparation of the Easter celebration which sadly never came. This writer had never experienced the joy of the giving up, or the emptying, in order to experience the fullness of a resurrected Christ, and the meaning of a true celebration in Easter.
At first this writer’s comments struck me as a bit whiney, spoiled, and immature. The things listed as being given up were simply insignificant material stuff. In my opinion, the “stuff” consisted of nothing spiritually sustaining or substantial. It was no wonder they were not experiencing a true Easter. Sadly, it was as though they did not know the depth of meaning in Easter. Those were my thoughts.
And so that was my judgement. Do you ever do that – immediately judge? I know I do sometimes. I am thinking maybe you do too, right? That’s our flesh responding. But you know something, the writer of those words, and the bitterness and sadness expressed from that writer’s feelings, produced another reaction – sorrow – heartfelt and tender sorrow. Suddenly there was an urge to respond with words of encouragement but in chosen discretion did not. It would seem the beloved writer of the article has past bitterness stemming from a deep and unresolved hurt. This outspoken writer’s pain will take God’s healing salve to soothe. So I prayed and that beloved is our spirit responding.
- To always be responsive to others in a spirit of Christ in thought, word, deed, and prayer.
(I fall so short in this and must be emptied daily in God’s word.)
- That we all, not only this beloved writer, begin to experience a truly spiritually significant Easter – everyday.
- That we all reflect in prayer and God’s word on how we can empty ourselves daily, in honesty and humility, and answer the question at the top of the page.
Is Easter over – was it just an Empty Easter – Now What?
Most gracious and heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ and the promise of an Eternal and Everlasting Easter. Keep me in humility not only in my words and deeds but my spirit. The mystery of Easter is not merely an intellectual experience. Keep my heart surrendered in the remembrance of the resurrection.
Jesus was empty in His flesh and filled with Humility through His obedience to the will of God. ~ Amen :Y