But Jesus knew he would die that day. He knew when he left the perfection of heaven to come to earth as a tiny baby that he was destined to experience a horrific death on a cross thirty-three years later. And he did it willingly. He took our punishment upon himself. He stood in that dark place between us and God so that we would be made clean and righteous, acceptable and worthy enough to be in the presence of a Holy God for all eternity.
The love and grace he poured out on us that day is unimaginable. Un-explainable. Un-graspable. It is beyond anything we will ever experience in our lifetimes. You will NEVER be more loved than you were on THAT day. You will NEVER be offered more grace and forgiveness than you were offered on THAT day. When Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23 for all future believers, he prayed for me! And for you, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ.
That grace and love is still available today! All you have to do is admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior. But Jesus didn't die so we can continue living in our sin. We can't believe in Jesus yet keep on living in the same sinful way. To choose sin and yet claim to belong to Christ is saying his death was meaningless. True repentance is to turn from sin. Walk away. Leave it behind. Just as Jesus told the woman living in adultery to "Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:11), we must do the same. Go, my friend, and sin no more. That's what I'm trying to do. Some days I fail miserably, but Jesus' grace is always there, ready to pick me up, wash the filth from me, and carry me forward.
My prayer is you and yours experience the grace and hope and freedom that came through Jesus' amazing sacrifice on the cross all those years ago. It isn't just for Easter. It's for life!
HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
Have a blessed Easter!
|The cross in the woods across from our house.|
|"The Old Rugged Cross"|