Spring is my favorite time of year. Winter is usually cold and dark in Germany. The days are extremely short and dark. But, in Spring and Summer, the scenery is so beautiful in the Black Forest, and this part of the country is known to be the sunniest (and therefore, the friendliest) part of Germany.
The reason that this is my favorite season is not only the weather and flowers, but Easter! Jesus’ birth is celebrated at Christmas. It’s a wonderful time that I feel we have really turned into something other than a celebration of Jesus. But, Easter….it’s a celebration of just Him and what he did on the cross for us! Not only did Jesus live a perfect life day after day, year after year, but after 33 years of this perfect life….he gave it up for us! At Easter, he paid the ultimate price. God paid the ultimate price for us, the riff raff of society.
Jesus was beaten beyond recognition of even looking like a man- so we could have healthy bodies. His blood that poured out at the cross was to make sure that we could be forgiven….that we could experience the unbelievable joy of being in the very presence of His father! Jesus knew that if he sacrificed himself for us, that it would produce a harvest of believers that would span the course of time.
On Easter, we celebrate when Jesus rose from the grave. When he rose, he gave us hope! I LOVE THIS SEASON! It makes me cry every time I think of Jesus’ sacrifice and the joy in His resurrection! He layed down everything for us…so that we could enjoy everything that God had given to Him! That’s what the season means for me.
People are so open to the things of God at Christmas and Easter. Let’s tell everyone we know!
We are going to have a huge Easter egg hunt and festival (carnival) for the at-risk kids in our neighborhood this Easter. We are going to tell them about what Jesus did for them through eggs, juggling, carnival booths, clowns and balloons. Our church is in the middle of what we would call "the projects". There are so many cultures represented in this area because of the large immigrant population. I can't wait to see what God will do with this outreach!