The Easter story when you really read it, think about it and dive into it…..well it’s a love story.
It’s a story about a hero laying down His life for those who can’t help themselves, can’t save themselves.
People tangled in bondage to sins, failures, regrets and mistakes.
It’s a story of a Son’s radical obedience to His Father, all for the sake of reconciliation of sinful people.
Today’s reading we see the biggest moment in the history of the world (next to His birth)…our Savior’s death.
“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.” Mark 15:37
The One who came to seek and save the lost, became the spotless lamb who was slain.
The One who loved well and lived a sinless life, died a gruesome sinner’s death.
The One who created life was sacrificed for the very ones He breathed life into.
And at His death, the curtain that separated our Holy God from sinful people, was torn in two…starting at the top. (Mark 15:38)
Isn’t that like God, He is always the one initiating, reaching out…..loving first.
And this “curtain”…it wasn’t your everyday curtain, not by any stretch of the imagination. It was around 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick!
The tearing of the curtain from top to bottom, showed that Christ’s death for our sins now gave us direct access to God. We no longer need a middle man.
Because of what Christ did on the cross, we can now approach God with confidence and boldness. (Hebrews 4:14-16) No longer do we need to go through a priest or sacrifice an animal to have our sins forgiven. Jesus is the High Priest who willingly, lovingly laid down His life so that we now have unlimited and direct access to God.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
And on that old rugged cross, our sweet Lord said, “It is finished”…..mission complete.
So sweet friends, allow this truth to not only enter your mind, but let it go further and let it penetrate deep into your heart and change you from the inside out! Don’t go through the motions this Easter but rather allow God to do a mighty work in your heart as you focus on the price He has paid for your salvation.
Don’t ever forget that the grace we experience from God is free…..but it is not cheap. Our freedom, our forgiveness, our hope in eternity was all purchased with His blood.
Let us live changed, focused and humbled by what Christ did on the cross for me and for YOU!
How has Christ’s sacrifice changed you personally? How are you a different woman, wife, mother, friend, daughter because of what Jesus did for you on the cross?
Ohh and for those of you who have kids at home….keep telling them about Jesus! I found this note on my computer tonight from my oldest daughter…she wanted me to share this with you.
“God was nailed to the cross and He was in so so so much pain but He loved us so so so much that He died on the cross for us. But not just for us, for ALL of US! And you know how we know this is true? Because the Bible is God’s Words and it is the most important book in the world!”
Love God Greatly!
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