Apr 3, 2010
Unsolved Mysteries of Easter
Well, Easter is tomorrow and I for one am excited. I am anxious to see my children's faces as they rummage through their basket of goodies. I'm looking forward to playing Lego Indiana Jones for the Wii with my son Luke. (Is it really fair that I secretly hide a gift for myself in his basket even if it was on sale for $10?) However, I am most excited to be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and the salvation he brought to an undeserving populace that includes myself.
I was reading the final week of Christ this week in the Gospel of Mark and I noticed a couple of characters that I usually overlook. People that I would love to interview in a church setting, newsroom, or my front porch (I'm not picky). The first are the casual observers of the grand theft donkey that the disciples pull off without a scratch. Get this, Jesus tells them where a donkey will be hitched. Then he tells them to take it. If anyone tries to stop them they are to say that the master needs it and will bring it back shortly. Wow! They are going to treat someone's animal like a library book.
So, the first thing I notice is that the donkey is not in a stable. Why is this important? Well, if it hitched out front someone is still using it. When the disciples untie the animal there is a group of people who ask them what they are doing. They respond with the answer Jesus said to give and they actually go for it. Now I know God is omniscient and knew that this answer would suffice, but why? What reason do these people have for letting this happen? I want to know! That would be a fun interview.
Then a couple of chapters later the disciples are to walk through town until they see a man carrying a water pot. They are told to follow him to whatever house he goes to and ask for the owner. That specific guy would have an upper room furnished and ready for a passover feast. They were to tell him that the teacher wants it for him and his disciples. He was fine with that.
First off why was the feast prepared? Did Jesus know that somewhere a party had canceled and it would be open. Why did this man let them come for free? They did not even say that the teacher was Jesus. It is also a good thing that they saw the right man with a water pot (although not many men carried water pots as it was looked on as a woman's job). Well, God is sovereign. I know he knew what the people of both situations would say. All I am wondering is why they would say it?
You have either never thought about this, noticed it before, or lose sleep each night in a deep quandary of thoughts and questions. All I'm saying is that the final week of Jesus' life holds a lot to be explored. Have a blessed Easter! I hope you grow closer to Christ or discover him for the first time during this season. Regrettably, I do not have time to write about why the Cadbury Bunny lays eggs.