In the late evening, we all sat down together as a family to watch The Passion of the Christ. Juan David thanked me for selecting that movie for him because he said that they watched it in Colombia every year on Good Friday. It sure is a hard movie to watch, though, the hard reminder it is of just how much Christ suffered for us. This verse kept replaying over and over in my head throughout the movie, "For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross.....". Sometimes I think we don't want to admit just how much he actually endured.
We attended our Easter service on Saturday night, along with my brother and his family. How cool to watch a service broadcast straight from Jerusalem, from locations that may have been where Jesus actually spent those last hours of his life before the crucifixion. It should be available online sometime this week if you'd like to see it. (http://www.lakepointe.org/Message/MessageLibrary.aspx)
This morning we went as a family to see the movie Heaven is for Real. That movie (book, actually) will always be extra meaningful to me because my own son suffered very similar symptoms last summer in Colombia, and we wondered if he'd be taken into emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. When I read the book, I completely connected with the father in the story as he beat himself up over not taking his son's symptoms seriously enough.
I love our movie marathon reminded us of what really matters in life, then reminded us of how much Christ truly sacrificed for us, and then put our focus on Heaven, where Jesus stands today. The reality of our faith. We don't serve a dead God. Christ is risen!
Happy Easter, everyone! We're off to finish our weekend with family again and then with our small group (who might as well be family, too!)