The death of Jesus on the cross overwhelms me. There is nothing I have done or ever will do that makes me more deserving of His love than any other person on this planet. He died for me. He also died for you.
For He Rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have the redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:13-14
I can only imagine the despair and hopelessness that those following Jesus felt on that first Good Friday. I am sure they were experiencing the widest range of emotions possible over the next several days from seeing the death of Jesus on the cross, to hearing about and seeing the empty tomb, and physically seeing and speaking to the resurrected Jesus.
Can you even imagine? The worldview of death is so final. The thought of someone I love dying, being buried, and returning to life would be shocking and unbelievable. I would need to touch them, have a conversation, and make sure another person could see them also just to establish that I wasn’t dreaming.
The numerous eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Jesus gives us hope that there is more for us after this life on earth is over. Jesus doesn’t want us to keep our faith silent but to boldly proclaim where the hope we have comes from.
The logic of someone witnessing the death of Jesus on the cross and then continuing to tell others about Him is one of the greatest testimonies to the validity of this entire account. Think about it. If you had witnessed Jesus being crucified on the cross and watched Him die for saying He is the Son of God you would need to have the knowledge that He was actually God in order for you to continue spreading and teaching this belief.
After the resurrection continuing to tell others that you not only spoke to the resurrected Jesus but touched Him would not make you a very popular person. The likelihood of harm coming to yourself and others you cared about would be very high. To continue speaking about Jesus after His death, burial, and resurrection would be crazy. Unless it were true.
The evidence for the death and resurrection of Jesus is told outside the account of what is written in the bible. This Easter my prayer for those searching for answers and feeling hopeless because of their circumstance would be that your eyes and heart are open to hearing and accepting the incredible gift of the death of Jesus on the cross for your sins. There is nothing that you can do or need to do to earn this gift or any sort of tradition or ritual you need to follow after you recognize you need the blood of Jesus to wash away your sins.
For those of you who know Jesus my prayer is that you don’t forgot what you have in Him and to remember you have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
God loves you just the way you are, but he doesn’t want you to stay that way. He wants a life rich and full in love and hope for you. Forgiveness from our sins is the greatest gift of all time. Ask God to forgive you, own the fact that you are a sinner and that you need Him, repent of your sins, and thank Him for sending Jesus to the cross so that we have the hope of an eternity with Him.
And all God’s people said AMEN.