Jesus came as a baby to die as a man so we can experience life... real life. Through Jesus, we have the opportunity to embrace a transformation of the soul. Jesus paid our sin penalty. Jesus freed us from the dominion of darkness, and by His wounds, we are healed.
Over the next three days, take a few minutes to consider Jesus' sacrifice on your behalf. Worship Him. Love Him. Surrender your life to Him. Jesus is worthy to be praised!
Good Friday really was good, even though it was heavy and hard. The darkness on that day must have been tangible. The impact of sin was paid in full by Jesus. Let us never forget that no one took Jesus' life. He gave it up for you and me.
That is love.
That is mercy.
That is grace.
The cross. It is impossible to find enough words to explain what it means to me. Jesus gave His life on the cross. God proved His love through the cross. My life was forever changed by the cross. Good Friday was hard in every way. Death. Sin. Defeat. Betrayal. Lies. Compromise. Sin is serious but Praise God; sin is never greater than our God and His redeeming love. It's Friday, but Sunday is coming!
The Silence of Saturday
Jesus' followers probably felt alone, defeated, hopeless, and afraid following His death. They had given their lives to follow Him. They had hopes, dreams, and plans. Then death came and snatched it all away.
Have you been there? Maybe you are there right now. The silence of Saturday can be deafening. Hang on. God is in control. The Light will overcome the darkness.
"We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and shield. In him, our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you." Psalm 33:20-22
Grief turned to joy.
Despair turned to hope.
Darkness turned to Light.
Jesus crushed the head of Satan.
Life changed forever.
Death was defeated.
Sin was conquered.
Jesus is Alive!
On this special Sunday, may we remember and celebrate life. Life that can't be snatched by death, disease, or dismay. Life that is found in Jesus. Just before His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus shared, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed!
Happy Easter from our family to yours!