Happy Easter Week! And Coachella (if you are heading to Indio this weekend)! Truth be told, I have never been been to Coachella (maybe someday), but I live vicariously though Instagram during the festival season. Easter falls on the last day of Weekend One this year, so I’m sure Sunday’s feed will be full of church services and Easter brunches with a mix of concert videos and desert fashion.
I am hosting Easter again this year at our condo and cooking up the Downing traditional meal for lunch- leg of lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God and this meal is a reminder of how spectacular the sacrifice on the cross is to this day.
As I am working through this week’s Community Bible Study lesson, we coincidentally (I’m CERTAIN that this wasn’t an accident) are studying the week before Jesus’ death and resurrection. A lot happened in His last week leading up to the cross, but God led me to the story of Mary anointing Jesus with perfume. Six days before the Passover, Jesus visited Lazarus, Mary, and Martha in Bethany. This story of Mary and Martha is quite different from the post I shared last week. When I started reading about another meal with Mary and Martha, I was confused because I thought there was only one instance of their encounter together, but Jesus visited this family quite often. During the dinner being served in Jesus’ honor, Mary poured an expensive perfume (pint of pure nard worth an entire year’s wages) onto Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair.
This was an incredibly intimate act of worship. Mary could have sold this bottle of perfume and used the money for herself or even to help the poor, but she was one of few who fully understood what was about to happen to Jesus. In that moment she knew the perfume was to be saved for the day of Jesus’ burial.
“I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” – Matthew 26:13
Mary was a woman after God’s own heart. She was a soul seeker and appreciated every quiet moment with her savior. Jesus’ death on the cross is celebrated because of the resurrection. Because of the resurrection, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. In order to be fully led by the Holy Spirit- Jesus in us- we too must take time to have intimate moments with our savior and serve Him like we are at His feet. Mary is a part of the Easter story that I want to remember whenever I hear the Good News!
Need a last minute Easter dress or Coachella outfit? Look no further! This gauze maxi dress is perfect for either occasion (or both if you are celebrating at the festival). The off the shoulder effect is designed for the heat and the slits on each side of the dress will blow in the wind oh-so-effortlessly! Incase it cools down in the evening, keep your favorite denim jacket wrapped around your waist!
Have a blessed week!