Happy Easter, everyone!
I hope you are all having a great weekend, filled with Easter egg hunts, church services, and family dinners. I can smell my dad’s smoked ham from my spot on the couch. Today is certainly a good day.
I know this day can get pretty chaotic, and I know we can all get caught up in our activities. However, today is a day of remembrance. It’s the day that Jesus was resurrected. This single event has saved us all. This day had been predicted for hundreds of years beforehand. Isaiah 53 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” And several hundred years after that was written, the prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus was born, killed, and resurrected. If it were not for this, we would all still be separated from God.
But, He didn’t just die for our sins. I’m sure, for some of you, this day doesn’t bring you much joy. Yes, Jesus died for you. But evil has invaded you life, and that makes it hard for you to feel comforted…even by something so great as Easter. However, Isaiah 53 talks about more than just Jesus dying for our sins; it says that He also died for our griefs. “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” I think we often see God as a lofty, detached being who doesn’t understand our pain. We say things like, “God, why are you doing this to me? You don’t know how much this hurts.” What we don’t realize is that Jesus suffered too. He was in pain too. Not just physical pain, but emotional and spiritual pain as well. He not only had the sins of the world on His shoulders, He had the sadness and the hurt of the world on Him also. He felt the the pain of being betrayed by His friends, hated by His people, and murdered by His children.
You see, Jesus is fully God, but He is also fully human. Everything we experience on this Earth, every joy and grief and fear, was experienced by the God of the universe too. He knows what we are going through, because He went through it too. As humans, we have rejected Jesus over and over. We have betrayed Him, we have hated Him. Isaiah 53 also says, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their face, he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” This has been going on for eternity. Yet, despite all the hatred we had for Him, He still risked everything to die for us. He was killed in the most painful way imaginable…all for us.
But we know that isn’t the end of the story. Jesus didn’t just die. He had not committed any sins. Since the penalty for sin is death, death couldn’t hold Him. He was not under the same penalty we are; He had lived a perfect life. Death had no power over Him. So, while He did die, He came back to life.
We are His children. He loves us more than we could every think, and nothing can separate us from that love. Nothing.
Easter is a day of remembrance and celebration. We remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for us, and we celebrate the fact that we are no longer under the curse of sin. We have been shown compassion that we could never hope to deserve. Praise the Lord.
So, whatever sin you have committed, whatever pain you are experiencing…Jesus died for that. Because He loves you.
Happy Easter to all of you. I pray that God blesses you this week with the knowledge that you are saved and loved.