Today we mourn the crucifixion of Christ on the cross. If you are like me, you don’t want to sit in the pain of this history. I’d prefer to skip to Sunday, the celebration. I want the joy, the hope, the promise that the resurrection of Christ brings us all. I want the family time, the sharing and caring, the dinner, the chocolate. I want the celebration!
But, with out Friday there is no Sunday.
With out Friday, there is no resurrection, no atonement for our sins, no forgiveness, nor eternity with our Heavenly Father. So, in order to feel
the fullness of the celebration we must understand the fullness of the cost. Jesus death was for you. You are worthy and a high price was paid so you may live in peace and joy, a life of freedom if you accept it.
Do not be tempted to gloss over today. Take some time to sit in the pain and cost of the crucifixion. Read Mark 15- Think about the suffering that Jesus went through for all of us. He paid the price so we don’t have to. All our sin and shame, all the ugly we do is forgiven because of Jesus’ death, ALL BECAUSE GOD LOVES YOU.
So, read Mark 15 with an open mind, soul and heart. Pray. Cry. Be grateful because SUNDAY is coming! Peace to you & yours, A.
• other suggestions for today: Watch the movie, The Passion of Christ or The Bible Series. Also, I love the Bible Project, below is a link to their short video, Sacrifice & Atonement.