Jesus Is Sweeter Than Any Chocolate Bunny

Jesus Is Sweeter Than Any Chocolate Bunny

Commercialization is covering up the crucifixion.
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If you've walked in any supermarket or flower store in the past week you have probably been engulfed in endless waves of pastel, items shaped like bunnies and plastic eggs. It's never made sense to me how bunnies and eggs both got associated with Easter considering they are completely unrelated. Regardless, I find myself astonished at how much of a commercialized holiday we have made out of one of the most crucial parts of the Christian faith — and I guess that could be said for several other holidays as well because Lord knows we've all lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

But really, one has to ask if through all the plastic grass, dye and Peeps if we have forgotten why this day is celebrated. While I would love to think that God allowed us to get this deep into the commercialization process because He knew I would need Reese’s eggs in my life, I would be lying to myself if I said He was happy with the way I viewed the anniversary of His death and resurrection. The truth is that crucifixion sucked. And that is the biggest understatement of the century. If you have never taken the time to watch "The Passion of the Christ," this weekend is the most appropriate time to do so.

I never really understood just what kind of sacrifice our Jesus made for us until I found myself unable to look at the television screen and paled with sickness. It was brutal, it was tedious, it was unfair and no amount of candy could ever change the fact that he was human. He was flesh just like you and I, and experiencing some of the worst form of torture out there. He bled and he suffered so that we could have the opportunity to be forgiven from the chocolate gluttony we will all partake in this weekend. He did it to save us all. He died to give us life. Yet Jesus, as if he had not shown his love for us enough,amazingly didn’t end it with death — He rose again. He who created life defeated death, because death is not the end.

Jesus breathes life — new life — and that is what is so important about Easter weekend. I love the way The Message words Paul’s testimony in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 in saying, “There is a nice symmetry in this (the death and resurrection): Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ.” Because of this weekend we get to live. Sin, guilt, death we are free from the burdens of them all. Our life truly begins after our death and we owe it all to the one who died and rose for it. So this weekend I remember Jesus. I remember that his pain represents the grace I so desperately need.

His suffering represents the faith I so steadfastly hold onto. His burial represents the carrying away of my sins I so shamefully commit. His resurrection represents the justification of his Holy power that I so cling to in hoping for my heavenly future. And that my friends, is much sweeter than a chocolate bunny.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Since When Did Having Your Life Figured Out Become An Expectation?

There's no timeline for life, and there shouldn't be.

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Let's just cut to the chase. There shouldn't be an expected timeline of life that us, as humans, should be expected to follow. There isn't a certain age that we should be married by, or a time slot that we have to graduate in. It's just unrealistic because, well, life happens. And the majority of the time, we can't control it.

So then why does society pressure us into this schedule that seems to be looming over our heads? There's no consequence to not having children by 27, there's nothing wrong with having a steady significant other and not being engaged by 24. And really, nothing horrible is going to happen if your timeline doesn't match up with your best friend's.

A whole lot of things in life are out of our control. We don't know when we're going to meet "the one", or even if we already have. We don't know what job we will have after graduation, or if it will be a job we stay in for years to come. And guess what: it's okay. Because we have time.

One of the best lessons I have learned in my life is that we cannot control everything in our lives. We can't predict the future. Yes, you can feel as though you have your whole life planned out, but in the blink of an eye, everything can change. So moral of the story, don't stress about things that you can't control. Because all the time you spend stressing about them, is time that you could have spent enjoying the moment that you are in.

There's not a fairy that is going to come down and curse you for not having a job by 23, or forbid you from finding love because you haven't found it by 25. It's an unrealistic expectation. And guess what: life happens on its own, and we can't control all of it. Sometimes it may suck, and it can be entirely unexpected, but it's life. So put an anchor in the present, and have faith that you will figure it out.

Because you will.

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