I love the "Our Daily Bread" devotionals each day. They are quick, easy reads, but yet get you reading in your Bible on a daily basis - if even for a minute or two. Today's was great! First of all, I love Holy Week! I love what it leads up to - Easter is my favorite holiday! Way more than any of the others. I know Christmas tends to be the most favorite - but without Easter, what would Christmas be - just another baby's birthday. But on Easter - it changed EVERYTHING! Christ arose from the dead - making Him worthy to be praised - making His birthday an event! Plus, its Spring time - & Christmas is in winter - yuck! Plus, you get lots of chocolate on Easter - need I say more?
But today's daily devotional really touched me beause it talks about Christ & Chocolate! Now there's a comparison!
It was talking how an uncle was spending time with his family & going through someone's basket when he noticed a chocolate lamb. He was wondering if it were hollow or solid (solid chocolate is for sure the best - just saying!) & he picked it up to look at it to see if he could figure it out. Now, any chocolate lover knows you can tell by the weight - if its evenly distributed - the sounds it makes when its shaken. Do I know too much about chocolate? But this uncle ended up squeezing the lamb & his thumb ended up busting through. He waited for his niece to throw a fit about how her chocolate lamb was ruined - but instead, this 3 year old said, "That's Okay - the lamb would have been broken when I ate him anyways"
This 3 year old reminded everyone that Easter is about the perfect Lamb of God - who's body was broken for our salvation!
It always brings to mind where in Isaiah 43:7 - it so vividly compares Christ to a Lamb:
"He was oppressed & afflicted - yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her sheareres is silent,
so he did not open his mouth."
Oh - how sweeter is the life that Christ offers us as he sacrificed himself, having his body broken for our redemption!
See - isn't Easter the coolest Holiday EVER!