It’s Holy Week for those of us who call ourselves Christians – Christ followers. As I remember and reflect on that last week of Jesus’ earthly life leading up to Easter Sunday, – Resurrection Day – I recall seeing the following on a poster some years ago.
And He shall be called…
Advocate (1 John 2:1)
(The) Amen (Revelation 3:14)
(The) Almighty (Revelation 1:8)
Alpha & Omega (Revelation 22:13)
Anchor (Hebrews 6:19)
Author & Finisher of Our Faith (Hebrews 12:2)
(The) Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
Branch (Isaiah 11:1)
Bread of Life (John 6:35)
Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15)
Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)
Carpenter (Mark 6:3)
Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)
Dayspring (Luke 1:78)
(The) Door (John 10:9)
Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
Faithful & True Witness (Revelation 3:14)
Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
Head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23)
High Priest (Hebrews 6:20)
Holy One (Mark 1:24)
I Am (John 8:58)
Image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15)
Immanuel (Matthew 1:23)
Judge (Acts 10:42)
King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15)
King of the Jews (Mark 15:26)
Lamb of God (John 1:29)
Light of the World (John 8:12)
Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
Living Water (John 4:10)
Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15)
Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)
Master (Matthew 8:19)
Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)
Messiah (Daniel 9:25)
Only Begotten Son (John 3:16)
Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
Prophet (Matthew 21:11)
Redeemer (Job 19:25)
(The) Resurrection & the Life (John 11:25)
Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1)
Savior (John 4:42)
Servant (Matthew 12:18)
Shepherd & Bishop of Souls (1 Peter 2:25)
Shiloh (Genesis 49:10)
Son of God (1 John 5:20)
Son of Man (Matthew 20:28)
Teacher (John 3:2)
True Vine (John 15:1)
(The) Way, the Truth, & the Life (John 14:6)
Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)
(The) Word (John 1:1)
His name is Jesus Christ.
Sent to earth as God-Man by God the Father, He came to save us all. Suffering and dying on an old rugged cross, He took our sins upon Him to bridge the gap between earthly wrong-doers and a holy and righteous God. In doing so, He provided the only way to heaven and eternal life.
His gift of salvation is free, there is nothing you can do to earn it, no way of being good enough on your own to gain it. And even if you have committed something that seems unforgivable and you feel unworthy, He still loves you unconditionally and forgives.
All you have to do is believe in Him, repent of your past mistakes and ask for forgiveness, accept the gift of His love, and enter into a personal relationship with Him – the One who is all of the above names just for you and me.
Do you know Him? Really know Him? It’s never too late to meet him at the cross. But that’s not where the story ends. He is the reason we celebrate Easter and that empty tomb proclaims Resurrection Sunday as a glorious day of joy and hope.
“For God so loved the world that He that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16
It was a full Easter weekend at Mama’s Empty Nest even if it was only 2/3 full. Notice I choose to view the nest 2/3 full instead of 1/3 empty since four of the six faraway loved ones flew (well, drove) back to the nest to celebrate Resurrection Day with us.
I confess that often I’m a bit envious of those families whose grown children live nearby them. They get to spend all holidays and even regular old every days together whenever they want. When our three were young, Papa and I lived far away from our families and we missed celebrating holidays often with them. And now, with our three strewn across three different states, I find myself in the same predicament.
Our grown up girls and their spouses managed days off and long drives to spend some good quality family time together with us this Easter weekend. Since we haven’t been together as a family since Christmas, it truly was cause for celebration even though son and daughter-in-law would not be here.
We talked and we ate. We laughed, we ate. We played games, we ate. The girls made Easter favors; the guys helped Papa drag out the outdoor furniture and then had their usual target practice. And did I mention we ate? We curled up in the family room and watched “Saving Mr. Banks” together and we ate some more. And then we celebrated our Savior’s victory over death at our church where Papa and I were narrators for the Easter Cantata.
What a glorious weekend! Even the weather cooperated and we enjoyed two sunshine-filled warm days. We broke out the ladder golf game and ate lunch outside on the back yard deck.
All too soon, time arrived for them to leave and drive back to those other states where they reside. Papa and I stood on the deck waving goodbye as each car pulled out of our driveway. We walked back into our quiet home and started cleaning up the kitchen, loading the dishwasher, tidying up.
Afterwards, we plunked down in our usual spots in the empty family room. Papa fired up the laptop; Mama turned on the TV to watch The Amazing Race. But our day of joy wasn’t over yet. The phone rang and our empty nest felt complete when we heard our son’s voice wishing us a Happy Easter.
Family love fills my tank. Time spent together is the fuel, whether it’s in person or on the phone. And believe it or not, life is full in our nest even when it’s empty.
“Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.” ~ John Homer Miller