Friday, April 3, 2015
Today is Good Friday but my heart is heavy as I remember and think on the death of Christ. How He died for us, in our place. The heaviness of our sin that He willingly took upon Himself. The way He was beaten for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. The weight of the whole world was literally on His shoulders as He carried that cross to Calvary. And He took all of this willingly, because He loves us so, and because of His love and devotion to the Father. He was obedient even unto death - a death and punishment that He in no way deserved. And the Father, out of His great love for us, willingly gave His one and only Son to be the propitiation for our sins. What great sacrifice, what great love.
I am still working to fully understand and accept such love. I want the weightiness of this event to really sink in. I want to appropriately morn the suffering that God the Father and God the Son endured for us, on our behalf. I want to be sobered. I want to weep in gratitude. Thank You, God. Thank You, Jesus. May I learn more and more how to accept and appreciate this incredible gift. And may my life display my thankfulness and bring glory to the Lord, the giver of the greatest gift of all time.
And what a joy that we get to look forward to Easter Sunday. The day we celebrate Christ's resurrection. What a pivotal and glorious day. Jesus not only died for us, but He conquered death and the grave FOREVER. Such a miracle on which our faith is built.
This truly is a special weekend. May it be regarded and celebrated as such in our hearts and minds and in our activities. May many who are lost be found this weekend. May we truly lift up the Lord so that He can draw all people unto Himself. Thank You, Jesus for your death and resurrection - THANK YOU, THANK YOU. It is because of these events that we have hope, salvation, abundant life here and now, and the promise of eternal life. Amen!?!