When I was in the store over the weekend, I was amazed to see the Easter items next to the Valentine’s merchandise. (I don’t know why this surprises me at all, but it still does.) Easter is April 8th this year, which gives us plenty of time for reflection.
At the time of the crucifixion the disciples still didn’t have a grip on what Jesus was trying to tell them. We have the advantage in that we have the whole story written down for us to study.
Just for a minute, let’s look at it from a different perspective. Let’s say Jesus was walking and talking and hanging at your house on the weekends. You’re best friends.
One night while He’s visiting, the police show up and He’s arrested. You know He hasn’t done anything wrong yet He goes quietly. You go to the jail only to find that He’s been beaten to a pulp, almost unrecognizable.
Your blood boils and you cry out for justice, but there’s none to be found. Within a matter of hours, he’s executed. It’s an incredible series of events that leaves your head spinning.
Then you remember a conversation you had with Him. He told you of His great love for you and how He would give up His life for you.
You thought He was being dramatic, but now you see He was telling you what was to come. He said it was the only way that you could live. You didn’t think you’d die anytime soon, not even realizing you were dead already. All you can do is cry and say “thank you.”
Knowing that this is what really did happen, can you personalize it a little more? You know your friend died so you could live.
Love Heart, we’ve got a couple of months to ponder the enormity of the sacrifice and to search our hearts and lives.
Do we live worthy of such a friend? Gwen~