Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! (Day 893)

I hadn't planned on this post, but every once in a while something is said which sparks a connection in my brain.  Last night, a friend of mine was upset that he had been asked to clean up a mess which wasn't his.  It had been a long day, and he was tired.  And, perhaps most of all, he knew whose mess it was and felt they should clean it up.

Yesterday at work, I had a bottle of pop which I normally drink with my lunch.  The one time that I don't actually watch myself open my pop, it explodes.  Fortunately, none got on my light blue shirt I was wearing.  (The pop is red.)  It got on the desk.  It got on the floor...and it got on the yellow chair cushion.  A little also got on my dark gray pants, but you couldn't tell.  Well, my paid employment is at a hotel; so the yellow chair cushion having red spots in the reception area was just not possible.  The receptionist did me a favor and grabbed me a white washcloth to mop up the mess.  I did the best I could with that.  Then the cleaning lady walked in and started cleaning.  When she noticed what had happened with me, she came over and started cleaning up my mess, even to the point of putting her clean hands on the dirty mop to make sure the side of the desk wouldn't be sticky.  Later, I took the chair cushion and washcloth to her and asked her what to do because I really wasn't sure.  She simply said, "Give them here," and walked off to make sure they got washed.  I was a little embarrassed, but mostly I was humbled.  This was not her mess.  This was my mess, but I didn't know the best way to go about cleaning it up.

Those nearly 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross, he was cleaning up my mess.  In Matthew 5:17-18, we read, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.   For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."  So, what is the law?  The law is about cleaning up your own messes.  In Leviticus chapter 4, we can read about the sin offering, what had to be done to atone for sin.  A person had to sacrifice a bull, a goat, or a lamb without defect in order to purify them from their sins.  But what is really "without defect?"  When has your dog eaten your homework or thrown up on your rug?  I know little about livestock, but I imagine that they're much like dogs, not perfect, defective.  So, basically, all these offerings to God just weren't cutting it. (Reference Hebrews 10; it was too long to include here, and I'd like you all to get some exercise pulling out your Bibles...or googling it.)  Which is why Jesus, a.k.a. God, had to take on a human body and have his blood poured out for our sins.  God, being the guy who sets the standards, is the only one who can be without defect.  (It's a little like "keeping up with the Joneses.")

I am not perfect. I make messes.  Often, I am not adequate to clean up my own messes.  I am humbly blessed to have Someone who cleans them up for me.  Happy Easter!  Your messes are cleaned up!


  1. Now if only the hotel staff would atone for your linguistic deficiencies by pooling their tips and paying for your Kaqchikel classes!

    Although you Westerners typically celebrate the Resurrection on the wrong date, Happy Easter, Annalisa.

    1. One could always hope, but they would probably rather I spend less time on Kaqchikel because it would mean the eventual leaving of my position at the hotel.

      And really, I don't think there is a right or wrong date to celebrate the resurrection. Most Christian holidays are set up to coincide with some pagan holiday. Therefore, the important part is remembering to celebrate. :)

      I was really surprised to see you commenting here. Thanks, and Happy Easter to you too. (You can stick that in the freezer for a later date if you wish. ;) )

    2. I was a bit surprised to see myself commenting too. Well, since that other online "community" ain't what she used to be (and my account has been inactive there for a long time anyway), how else is one to say hello to an old online acquaintance?

      I'll keep that Easter wish preserved for May 5. And it's the first Happy Easter I've received this year--but, again, that's just cos you're a month-and-a-half early. ;-)

    3. Virgil, I have good news for you. Next year we will celebrate Easter on the same date. Just thought I'd let you know. :)

    4. The reunion of East and West, heralded right here on your blog, Annalisa. I'm feeling all kinds of Ecumenical love. Or maybe I'm just distracted by the warmth of you and the family gathered together and perpetually gazing at me from behind the text. Well, agape all over in any case.

    5. Say, did the charming, Ecumenical reply I posted a couple of days ago get lost? Or is it just in approval limbo?

    6. Well, I tried just now and two or three days ago to type a charming reply, but there may have been a glitch--or perhaps my comments are stuck in approval limbo. In any case, I got no charm left this evening, but I will say (fingers crossed that this posts), thanks for the Ecumenical message. Our faiths shall be reunited again. :)