The motto of the Scouts which I was a part of in my teens was– “Be Prepared.”
The theme of Chris’s message on Sunday was – Be prepared. How I wish I had held true to that over recent weeks. A haircut was already over-due before lockdown, now I do not know when it will get done.
My dental check-up was overdue before lockdown soon it will be an annual check up rather than six months!
As one of life’s procrastinators, leaving things to the last minute then having to rush to get something done before a deadline, I have been caught out.
Ok its not a huge issue having long hair, although I have noticed my wife sharpening her scissors recently, and at least I am not having any problems with my teeth, at the moment. Its Easter time! and this is due to go out on Good Friday, the day we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us all.
As we look back to Jesus life and particularly the events of Easter week it is clear that Jesus was prepared for what was ahead and indeed had been preparing his whole life for.
On the Sunday - Jesus began his trip to Jerusalem. He sent two of his disciples ahead, telling them to look for a donkey and its unbroken colt. The disciples were instructed to untie the animals and bring them to him. Then Jesus sat on the donkey and made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9: The crowds welcomed him by waving palm branches and shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
On Monday, Jesus arrived at the Temple and found the courts full of corrupt money changers. He began overturning their tables and clearing the Temple, saying, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be a house of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves" (Luke 19:46).
On Tuesday, Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, Here Jesus gave a prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age. He speaks about the end times events, including His Second Coming and the final judgment.
On Thursday. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead to the Upper Room in Jerusalem to make the preparations for the Passover Feast. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as they prepared to share in the Passover, demonstrating how believers should love one another. Jesus was about to fulfil the meaning of Passover by giving his body to be broken and his blood to be shed in sacrifice, freeing us from sin and death. He established the Lord's Supper, or Communion, instructing his followers to continually remember his sacrifice by sharing in the elements of bread and wine (Luke 22:19-20). Then they went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony to God the Father. Late that evening in Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Sanhedrin. He was taken to the home of Caiaphas, the High Priest. Meanwhile, in the early morning hours, as Jesus' trial was getting underway, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times.
On Friday, Good Friday - Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. After multiple unlawful trials, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capital punishment known at the time. His first words from the cross were, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34, NIV). His last words were, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46, NIV) Then, Jesus breathed his last breath and died. Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus' body down from the cross and lay it in a tomb. While his physical body lay in the tomb, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by offering the perfect, spotless sacrifice. He conquered death, both spiritually and physically, securing our eternal salvation:
On Sunday, The resurrection of Jesus Christ. The very foundation of Christian doctrine hinges on the truth of this. Sunday morning, several women went to the tomb and discovered that the large stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. An angel announced: "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen." (Matthew 28:5-6, NLT) He is risen, just as he said would happen. Just as he had prepared for and now offers each of us the opportunity to get right with God.
I need to procrastinate less and be more prepared. At least with Jesus as my lord and saviour my sin is forgiven and my life is in God’s hand. I am glad that that is sorted and not left to the last minute. Thank you, Jesus! Have a great Easter and God bless. Now where are those scissors…..