"But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,
for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples
that he has risen from the dead,
and behold, he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him. See, I have told you."
Most who read this post know the Easter story well. Today we observe Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and buried. We also know the story didn't end there. A lot can happen in 3 days, right? The resurrection changed human history forever. The verse I've illustrated certainly references all the essential elements of the Christian faith regarding Easter, but I want to focus on two tiny little nuggets in the passage.
1) "as he said."
2) "I have told you."
There is so much truth and power behind these two very short statement. Every minute detail of the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled prophecy. It happened exactly as God planned. Jesus knew the plan. He knew the plan when He shaped the earth, when He flung stars and galaxies into the universe. He knew the whole plan you before you were born and you were a part of that plan. He already loved you enough to die for you.
As the eternal Christ, Jesus inspired the book of Isaiah. He knew when He entered Jerusalem He would fulfill the prophecies of within the pages of scripture. He knew every torment He would experience. He knew their plan for Him, but we know He had a bigger plan...one that could not be foiled. Jesus loved you enough--before you were even born, before generations before you were born--to go through the agonies of the cross. He was willing because He knew the end. He knew the end would be only the beginning.
Everything happened exactly
as he said.
And He's written it all down so you would know
he has told you.
When we celebrate Easter, we not only rejoice in what our Savior did to effect our salvation, we affirm that Jesus was the One prophesied; that what happened to Him happened with intention so the prophecies would be fulfilled to the tiniest detail. When we understand that everything happened exactly as He said it would, we can rest assured that the entire Bible is true and it will happen just as he has told you.
This was a really simple page to complete. I splashed on two tones of green to create a partial background. The flowers were stamped on cardstock, watercolor painted then fussy cut and adhered to the page. The words are stamped using sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Watercolor paints are from Jane Davenport and Illustrated Faith.
Birds and Blooms