Eleven baskets all in a row.
Easter cookies all ready to go.
Eleven happy children with their eggs to show.
This weekend we celebrate the cross. The horrid seemingly senseless death of a God/man who’s only crime was that He came from Heaven to live among His own, those He created and loved so deeply that He left His throne above to become one of us, to walk among us and feel our pain.
We celebrate Jesus and the miracles He did. We celebrate His love, His humble birth, His sinless life, but we forget that He came for the sole purpose of going to the cross, to pay the price for our sins, to do what we could not, to unite us forever with a Holy God.
Nothing stands between us now, except our unbelief.
We live in a world where we have grown too wise for God. We make our own gods; but God isn’t who we believe Him to be, or even who we want Him to be. We don’t get to create our version of God. He is real and personable and can be known and longs for us to come to Him and know Him as He is.
We must come to Him on His terms, we come through His son Jesus, through the Cross. There is no other way.
When Eliza and Evangeline were first home, we immediately began sharing the gospel with them. We prayed with them, used the translator to tell the story of a God who loved us so much that He sent His only son to die on the cross so that we might live in flawless union with Him forever.
I remember one night, Eliza’s eyes were wide with understanding. She asked if Jesus had come for all the world. We said, “Yes. He came for everyone in every country across the world.”
With a clarity that took our breath away, she typed in the translator, “Does every nation know it?”
No, sweet Eliza. Every nation doesn’t know it.
But they will.
5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature of God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. ~Phillipians 2;5-11
The joy of Easter is that God became man to make us one with Himself, forever.
He willingly went to the cross for us. He didn’t have to go. All of Heaven would have come to His rescue, but he went willingly, for you and for me.
And He didn’t stay there.
He rose. He lives.
Tomorrow we celebrate, not His death, but His life, His life that made us one with Himself, and offers us eternal life.
Do you know Him? Have you come to Him on His terms?
He is waiting with open arms. Come as you are.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~ John 3:16,17