Easter inspiration from my foyer: ‘Just as he said’

I don’t decorate a lot for Easter, but I wanted to share a little inspiration from my entry way.

Easter inspiration

I purchased this lovely chalkboard from Home Goods in November. It has that distressed look on the frame that gives it a little character, and goes great with my white console table in my foyer. Anyway, I stored the chalkboard away with my Christmas décor, but then decided to change out the message for Easter. This took me about 30 minutes to handwrite it. {I wasn’t really timing myself, I just realized I squeaked in one episode of House Hunters International at the same time.} It really is quite a statement piece, don’t you agree?

Matthew 28-6

To write on the chalkboard, I don’t use chalk. I am a huge fan of chalk ink pens; they have the look of chalk, but write cleanly like a marker. {There’s just something about chalk dust that I have a little issue with. Maybe it’s the word ‘dust,’ you think?} I just so happen to sell the fabulous chalk marker I used for this project here.

chalk ink marker

I love Easter. For me though, it has nothing to do with bunnies or candy and everything to do with Jesus. I pray that each and every one of you, my dear readers, knows you are loved by the Creator and Savior of the world, and there’s absolutely nothing he wouldn’t do for you.

Just yesterday, I was reading Luke 22, which relays the events that took place before Jesus stands trial. One verse in particular struck me in a new way. Just as Matthew 28:6 says “just as he said,” Luke 22:13 has the same promise. Those few words are very important, but they’re easy to miss. As Jesus was preparing for the Passover meal, he sent Peter and John into town to make the final preparations to what would become the Last Supper. He told them as they entered the city, there would be a man carrying a water jug. They were to follow him to the house he entered, and to ask the owner of that house about a guest room. Jesus said, “He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

Verse 13 is the clincher:

“They left and found things just as Jesus had told them.”

Do you know that every single detail, down to the man holding a water jug that Peter and John followed, was planned? Isn’t that amazing? Everything Jesus did was planned: the betrayal by Judas, his trial and his own crucifixion (the most torturous way to die). None of it was a surprise. Satan assumed that Jesus’ death would end Jesus’ mission and thwart God’s plan. Like Judas (who betrayed Jesus), Satan did not know that Jesus’ death and resurrection were the most important parts of God’s plan all along.

It is hard to fathom that kind of love, that kind of pain. But I’m thrilled to know it was part of God’s plan, and was “just as he said.”

Happy Easter!

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