Happy Resurrection Day!
A few years ago a dear friend I worked with was retiring. I knew I wanted to make her a quilt and somehow have it represent our shared belief in God and faith in Jesus. She is a wonderful encourager and model of how it looks to walk with Christ. This is my humble attempt at picturing Jesus here on earth. The photo is not very clear but I think you can see it well enough to get the idea.
I included a star because the star announced His entry into the world. (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)
Then of course, I had to try to make a manger with Baby Jesus inside. (Luke 2:6-16)
I added a dove as a representation of Jesus baptism. (Luke 3:21-22)
At the bottom I tried to create a mountainside with rocks and grass where Jesus preached to the multitudes. (Matthew 5)
Light in the darkness is also represented by the shades of blue (John 1)
At the center is the Cross – the reason Jesus was born. (Isaiah 53 tells of His coming.) God, even after humanity had forsaken Him over and over again, still wanted a relationship with us. In order for this to be possible, there had to be a pure sacrifice – once and for all. So, He sent Jesus to be born, teach us the Way and die on a cross for OUR SINS. (Luke 23:32-34, 44-47)
(Matthew 17:22-23) “When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.”
The tomb where Jesus’ body was laid and the stone which was rolled away upon His resurrection had to be included (that’s the hope we have in Christ and the reason we celebrate Easter). HE IS RISEN!
(Matthew 27:59-28:10) As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. Sir, they said, we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise again. So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first. Take a guard, Pilate answered. Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how. So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
The cross was far from beautiful but the love that hung there was pure loving beauty beyond description. The love for us is immeasurable. Think about the lengths and pain endured for us. Should we ever grumble and complain as we follow Him? NEVER. We should look at every person and situation through the cross. Jesus died for all. Jesus rose for all – all who will repent of their sins and follow Him. He is THE WAY, the only way to the Father and eternity in heaven. HE HAS RISEN, HE HAS RISEN INDEED. AND, HE IS COMING BACK FOR HIS OWN. WILL YOU BE GOING HOME WITH HIM? IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DECIDED FOR JESUS, TODAY IS THE DAY. Don’t delay! Choose Life!