In the days leading up to Easter, I am thinking about Jesus. Thousands of years ago, at a time not so unlike the one we live in now, where people are busy, hurried and harried. Jesus changed everything….for all eternity. Yes, we celebrate Christmas, and it is wonderful in its own right…..when the God of the universe, God of all creation, came into this broken and sin cursed world, that was desperate in their need for Him. Oh, but Easter, Easter is a celebration of joy mixed with pain. We celebrate that Jesus did what only He could do….bridge the chasm that exists between us, and God the Father. Burdened under the dirt of our own sin, we are (were) unable to stand before a Holy and Righteous God. For those of us that have accepted Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, as our Savior…..we can be called children of God. When our Father now looks at us, He no longer sees the darkness of our sin, but the radiance of His Son’s glory. We stand in the shadow of our Lord, Jesus.
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 1 John 3:1
I went back through my blog archives and found this post that I had written a couple of years ago. Maybe you are like me and need to read it, and be reminded, again.
Are You Still Living In Friday?
We call it “Good Friday”.
Good in the midst of the awful.
That Friday so many years ago….
the day that Jesus’ followers were heart broken.
They felt abandoned. Alone. Confused by all that had happened.
It was Friday……..
but, Sunday was coming!
The most holy, pivotal celebration, to the life of a Christian….Easter.
On that Friday Jesus hung on a rugged, Roman cross
The Savior between two common thieves
He was mocked and insulted
The clouds darkened…
He asked His Father
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The day was full of anguish
He cried out
“It is finished!”
The curtain in the temple tore from top to bottom.
The earth shook.
Then He died.
That day was…. Sad. Hopeless. Bleak.
Jesus’ followers did not understand. They were confused. They were grieving. They were hurting.
What did this mean?
What was the purpose?
Don’t so many of us live in “the Friday” of our lives? Scared. Wondering. Confused.
How is God going to work things out in our lives?
We can’t see it.
We don’t get it.
We won’t live through it.
What is the purpose?
But Jesus did not stay in the grave.
He conquered death.
He rose again.
He appeared too many.
The glorious resurrection day changed everything.
For all time.
The followers had…..Hope. Joy. Peace.
Death had been conquered by the only ONE who was capable.
He took our place. He sacrificed. His blood was spilled.
And He came out of that tomb!
Jesus never left us in the darkness of the crucifixion.
Because He lives, we are brought into the
glorious resurrection morning!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25 NIV