This is not what I had originally intended to post. The Good Lord has allowed me to be “out of commission” these past three days so I have been unable to finish writing what I had planned. But I wanted to at least leave you with a thought.
The Old Testament is full of prophecy of not only Christ’s coming to Earth as a baby…God in human flesh, but also His death on the cross, His burial, and His glorious resurrection. The New Testament records for us the fulfillment of those prophecies. The Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all give us vivid accounts of those days our Savior walked the Earth teaching, healing, performing miracles. All the while…He knew what His purpose was.
That purpose was to suffer… horrifically… and die an unspeakably cruel death. Why? Because we are all born sinners, and nothing we can do ourselves could ever make us “good enough” to stand before a righteous and just God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Jesus paid a price that we could never pay. He paid it…because He loves you…He loves me…THAT MUCH. We only have to repent, turn away from our sin and believe that God raised Him from the dead on the third day. That’s the glorious part. That’s the why we celebrate Easter. He is Risen Indeed! And He wants to have a personal relationship with you!
In the twentieth chapter of John, he records for us a personal encounter. Mary Magdalene was at the empty tomb weeping. This is the same Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed them with fragrant oil. In verse 47, Jesus said of her;
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
This Mary was at the empty tomb weeping. She was distraught. The two angels, glowing in white, sitting where Jesus had lain didn’t even seem to faze her. She thought someone had taken Jesus away. Then Jesus himself asked her why she was weeping, and whom she was seeking. She supposed he was the gardener and was pleading with him to tell her where he was so she could take him. Then. Then Jesus. Spoke. Her. Name.
“Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” John 20:16
Jesus spoke her name. She immediately knew it was Him.
When it comes to Easter there is so much to think about, but the thought I want you to ponder is this; Jesus knows your name. He knows every little detail about you and yes, He loves you anyway! That’s why He suffered and died for you, so you can have victory over death and live with Him for eternity! But He wants you to have a relationship with Him now. He is calling your name. If you hear Him, run to Him. You will never be the same.
He Is Risen Indeed!