Easter is tomorrow. Good Friday was yesterday. Today is that in between day, a day of mourning a long time ago, as people mourned the loss of a friend, a master, and even a son.
"Life is a journey, not a destination" - Aerosmith
I agree with the above quote, wholeheartedly. Don't get me wrong, as Christians, we have a pretty awesome destination, but it is in the journey that we truly come to understand and hope for that destination. I believe that Easter and the days before are a perfect example of that. On Good Friday, Jesus was beaten, ridiculed, stripped, abandoned by those he loved, things that we cannot imagine happened to that man. He did not complain. He did not back out. He did not pass off his role in this to anyone else. He took all of it on his shoulders. This to me is so important. As important as the fact that he has risen. Because to me, we need to know and remember what he went through to save us. He did not just wave his hand and it was done. He endured things that we thousands of years later still cannot even fathom. These are the things that are important to me at Easter, not just the celebration but the mourning as well. I am completely humbled that Jesus went through this for us. For each one of us. Because that is important as well. So it is Jesus's journey that I will remember and celebrate, as well as his, and all of our, destination.
So, how do I explain this to my sweet 4 year old when we talk about why we celebrate Easter?
"Jesus is a superhero".
Yes, that is really what I said. What better way to connect to my all things superhero obsessed boy? We talked about Jesus dying, and coming back to life, and that he did it to save the whole world. Now, how is that not a superhero??
So, I guess, Jesus is my superhero!
"Oh, praise the one who paid my debt,
who raised this life up from the dead....
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow"