As we come to the end of Holy week and prepare to celebrate our Savior’s Resurrection this Sunday; I am horrified as I read the accounts of the the pain and suffering that Jesus experienced on His way to the cross. I’ve heard many times the stories of how He came down to earth to be born as a baby , grew up as a carpenter, recruited the disciples as He began His ministry, and the amazing miracles He performed on the road to Calvary but this year more than any year my faith in Jesus is bolstered beyond all measure.
Today I’m remembering the cross and what Jesus did for me. For many years Good Friday was a day off from work or just an opportunity for a long weekend. As I have begun to truly seek Him; I now understand that what happened at the cross saved my life, rescued me from Hell, and has given me hope of eternal life with Him.
I’m still horrified by the pain but I’m beyond thankful for His willingness to be the ransom to save me from all my sin. I cannot and will never understand a love like His but as I accept His free gift of salvation; I want to live each day of my life to please God so that He is glorified.
I want to remember the examples of love and compassion that Jesus showed to everyone regardless of their race, their social standing, or even income level. He loved the poor, the sick, and the helpless. He did not judge based on their appearance and He asked for nothing in return. I’ll remember the patience and grace He showed for those that surrounded Him as they sought His help and never truly understood what His mission on earth truly was…to save them from their sins.
So some children were brought to him so that He might lay hands on them and pray.” Matthew 19:13.
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10
I am awed by His power when I read about all the miracles He performed like turning water into wine, feeding of 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 small fish, calming the wind and seas during storms, and raising His friend, Lazarus from the dead.
I want to embrace the strength and humility He showed as He was falsely accused, spat upon, beaten unmercifully, and did not say a word. I am inspired by the courage He showed as He hung there on that cross bearing the burden of the wrath and separation from God.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and the peace of our chastisement was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. He was oppressed and afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth.” Isaiah 53:5,7. As we head towards Resurrection Sunday; the good news of this redemption story that validates my faith comes from the hope that Jesus gives me as He no longer hangs on that cross or lies dead in a tomb but the fact that He is risen!
Right now He is seated at the right hand of God, He has sent the Holy Spirit to live within me as He watches over me, and is preparing a home for me to join Him in Heaven one day. Oh what a glorious feeling! I hope you feel the same as you read these words of comfort from Jesus.
Let not your heart be troubled ; you believe in God, believe also in me, In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you , I will come again and receive unto myself that where I am there you may be also.” John 14:1-3.
Because Jesus rose again, we can now have the security of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins as we put our faith in Him. We have the opportunity for an intimate relationship with Him while He molds us to be more like him as we represent Christ here on earth.
So as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this weekend, remember the cross today and the reason that He suffered and died. If you are blessed to see the sunrise this Sunday morning, cherish the fact that He is RISEN and remember how much He loves you as you put your faith in Him!
As you listen to one of my favorite Resurrections songs; take a moment and share what Easter means to you. Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Resurrection Sunday my friends!