Our Passover Lamb, our Resurrection Life!

We sat on our couch Friday morning contemplating this unique place we live – Jerusalem. We’ve been here eight years now, and things seem “normal” to our eyes. It is normal for our neighbors to be doing their final cleaning for Passover and dropping off their bread and flour and noodles to us for safe-keeping. It is normal to walk out to our park and mingle with Jewish neighbors and Arab neighbors. It is normal to look out from our balcony and know that just north of us, behind a clump of trees that somewhat obscures the view, lies the Old City and the Temple Mount. It all seems normal.

There was a day centuries ago that began as normal, with people busily cleaning and preparing to celebrate Passover while diverse peoples and nationalities mixed together in a city which wasn’t quite as old then with a temple that was not in the least bit obscured from view. But in the very midst of that “normal” something supernaturally profound took place. The Passover Lamb was led to His death. His blood was spilled. The price was paid. The curtain was ripped. Death was finished…and life was coming!

Today is Sunday, and this morning we were again sitting on our couch, reading the resurrection story to our children. We tried to understand why Peter and John didn’t understand that Jesus wasn’t there…hadn’t Jesus told them he would die and three days later rise again? We were puzzled that Mary didn’t recognize Jesus when she first saw Him…until he spoke her name, “Mary!”

As we talked about their reactions, I realized that we are very similar to Peter and John and Mary. Having the testimony of His Word and His Spirit, we can still try to focus on our own version of His story and not understand Him fully, not see Him correctly. But, He is faithful. In the middle of our normal life, when we fail to understand or see the redemptive work of God being accomplished right in front of us, He calls to us and speaks our name. He knows us…so that we can know Him! He calls to us and transforms our normal into something gloriously, redemptively profound.

Praise You, Lord Jesus! Our Passover Lamb, our Resurrection Life!

The Kramers


  1. Tomi on April 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    He is risen!!!!! Love you all!!

    • SourceFlix on April 5, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      Amen! He is risen indeed!!!

  2. Aaron and ivy on April 5, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    We live and miss you Kramer family! Our hearts ache a little more this time of year as we can’t get by Easter without having memories of Joel, stuffed lambs, ketchup. We live to see your faces and wish we could see them more. The kids are so grown! Shiloh says hi to Petra. 🙂 All blessings to you!!

    • SourceFlix on April 5, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      We miss you too, Lippard Tribe! And a big “hello” back to Shiloh from Petra.
      Big hugs from all us Kramers!

  3. Guillermo Peña Cedeño on April 5, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    A beautiful reflection on that glorious day, and a beautiful family. May the Lord always bless you! Come, Lord Jesus! Come with your army of holy angels!

    • SourceFlix on April 5, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you! And, yes…come, Lord Jesus!

  4. Jim and Mozelle on April 6, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Hi to your beautiful family. What a true blessed message you send. We are back in Oregon for the summer and will miss our time spent with Barry and Joan this passed winter. We Love you all. Mozelle and Jim

    • SourceFlix on April 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM

      Hi Mozelle and Jim! Enjoy beautiful Oregon. We love you, too!

  5. Calvin Vesco on April 19, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Hi guys! I just had a hankering to watch some of Joel’s films today and then decided to check out the website. Great to see you’re all doing well! Keep up the great work and God Bless you all!

    • SourceFlix on April 22, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      Hi Calvin! It’s great to hear from you. Thank you for the kind words and and encouragement. Please give all of your family our hellos!!!

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