Every winter, late in the season, I see pink flowers coming out all through the area where I live. They are Redbud trees, and they are some of the first plants to bloom. When I see them, I know spring is getting near. So, they cause me to think of spring and for me, the most important event of the year, Easter.
When I was a child, I was told the legend of the Redbud tree which is also known as the Judas tree. The legend says that when Judas Iscariot had betrayed our Lord Jesus, he was so filled with grief that he hanged himself on a Redbud tree. The legend continues to state that the flowers on the Redbud were originally pure white in color. But the tree was so ashamed that Judas had used it, that from that day on its flowers would be pink, as though it were blushing.
I know the story is not biblical, but it reminds me of the cross. The cross reminds us of the suffering that Jesus went through to pay the price of our sin. His sacrifice on our behalf shows His great love for us. I am also reminded that I must strive to be faithful to Jesus and not betray Him or His rule.
“Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.”
May God bless each of you with a wonderful Easter season this year,
Scott Kinnick – CBC Executive Board member