Here’s an inspiring Easter message on the importance of “Loving Jesus” by my colleague from Illinois, Tim Mitchinson. Tim’s blog first appeared in the Peoria Journal-Star on April 11, 2107.
I love Jesus. When I think of the blessings that have been brought into my life as a result of his teachings and experience, I am filled with awe. Jesus is a voice for the ages, no matter who we are. The Christ, Truth, he taught and lived truly is the Savior of the world, because no matter our religion, spiritual path or lack of one, he showed us a universal Father, a saving God of unconditional love.
As Easter approaches, I am not so impressed by the chocolate bunnies and baskets, or even the flowers and renewal of spring. Instead I stand in wonderment of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as actual events that have great meaning for all of us today. When faced with intense hatred and betrayal, as well as a death sentence, Jesus prayed to God, “Thy will be done,” a reiteration from his Lord’s Prayer given earlier in his career.
He bowed before the divine will and forgave those who wanted to kill him, demonstrating the forgiveness also in the Lord’s Prayer. In no way was he a martyr in this process. His perfect love for and understanding of God as eternal Life brought him through the crucifixion to resurrection–including the restoration of life and the healing of the physical torture.
My love for Jesus has not kept me from facing tough times. (Although nothing like Jesus faced, they were hard times for me.) But my love and reverence for him has been of great help in coming through those times unscarred and not traumatized.