We all know that Easter is coming and signs of Spring are blooming everywhere.
Coming out of the dark and cold of Winter is energizing with the sun shining brighter and the days getting longer.
Yes, we may celebrate Easter with a Reese’s chocolate and peanut butter Easter Bunny. These reminders are woven into our daily lives as soon as the first petals appear on the Cherry Blossoms.
For me though, this time of year is a great time to reflect on the Cross.
What we tend to forget is how we got here and who saved us.
Jesus Christ was anticipating our freedom and our salvation as Easter drew near. He was excited for all of His believers knowing that we were being given the gift of eternal life.
He also wanted to show His love to the entire world so He chose to extend forgiveness and to offer everyone salvation.
He chose a brutal death in a brutal time in history. Why not by “guillotine” or “lethal injection?” Those methods are much quicker and much humane then wearing a crown of thorns and experiencing excruciating beatings, scourging and suffocation.
Luke’s depiction of the crucifixion (http://bit.ly/2VngHXI) captures the agony of the Cross much like The Passion (http://bit.ly/2CZoHa2) does of the scourging Christ took at the hands of the Romans.
The fact that Christ chose to surrender himself to go through this hell is just another example of how much He loves us.
Considering what Jesus went through and how He suffered for us, please remember how He forgave us of our sins, was ridiculed in the process, and surrendered Himself to our Father in Heaven.
And on Easter Sunday morning celebrate His Resurrection because He rose from the dead and today He is alive seated at the right hand of the Father until the day He returns.
Glorious Day – Casting Crowns
Carry My Cross – Third Day
Forever – Kari Jobe
What is scourging?