Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

I've lived with my humans for a few years now and, for the most part, I noticed a consistent trend with them- they go to church on Sundays.  I'm a bit interested in the Christian traditions and faith since I moved in with them.

Realizing the nature of my subject and the many followers who will read this, please don't take my comments as a lack of respect for faith and religion. Just a curiosity.

This week has been Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday going to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Seems to me, like a lot of events for a week and from what I overhear from my humans, maybe a bit overwhelming.

I decided I wanted to find some answers to questions.  Though Dad and I talked, I decided to ask my friend "Kim" what it's all about (she knows more than my Dad does but don't tell him...)

She explains to me that "Holy Week is from Palm Sunday leading up to Easter Sunday.  Palm Sunday is Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey with people waving palm fronds and placing in His Path. Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus held The Last Supper (Passover Feast) with the disciples and Judas was identified as a betrayer and left.  Good Friday is when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, disciples fell asleep, Judas betrayed Christ in the garden, it is also Crucifixion Day, however, it is also the day when the veil in the temple was torn in two revealing the Holy of Holies to all the people. Easter is Resurrection Day, the third day after His Crucifixion on the cross.  He arose from the dead on Easter so that man could be forgiven of his sins and have everlasting life."

"Spring's Tree Blooms"
I have to wonder what the dogs of Jesus' time were doing when this was going on. There's mention of dogs in the Bible, not much about their activity and cats aren't mentioned at all. If I were there, would I have waved Palm fronds with the crowds or run along side Him?  Would He allow me to follow Him like my human does or would he shoo me away?  Would He allow me to be near Him at the Last Supper or would I sit somewhere in the distance?  As He prayed on Good Friday, would I have stayed awake with Him and maybe bark a few times to keep the disciples awake and would I have growled at Judas for his betrayal and bitten the Centurions for crucifying Him on the cross.  What would I have thought and felt on Easter when Mary discovers He is no longer in the tomb -that He is Risen?!

I don't know how to answer these questions because I wasn't there.  I like to think He would love me, allow me to be with Him as he took this journey to give His Life so that we could have everlasting life.  

  [16] “For God so loved the world,[f1] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. [19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. [20] For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. [21] But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
(John 3:16-21 ESV)
[1] 3:16 Or For this is how God loved the world

And I like to think that I could walk beside Him as I do my human now.  And you can walk beside Him now, just read the Scripture about, ask Him to come into your heart and then began a glorious journey of serving Him.

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