Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Mid-Week Message - The Storm Before the Calm
So why didn't He say no to Friday? The answer is this: Without Friday, there would have been no Sunday. His love for us is so great that He was willing to endure the storm of Friday so that we could have the peace that Sunday brought. The sacrifice was made. Death has been defeated. Our forgiveness and eternal life have been secured.
Each year as Easter approaches, in my mind I hear the hammer pounding the nails. What a horrific sound that must have been. Precious Jesus, our Savior, laid out on the cross and having to endure such pain! What agony He must have gone through as they raised up that cross and his body fought gravity as He struggled to keep Himself in a position where He would be able to breathe. All because of the love He has for each of us. Nails didn't keep Him on the wood. Love did.
I have a hard time understanding love that is that deep and pure. Maybe you do too. That He chose the nails rather than to allow us to perish is mind boggling. But that is what took place. You and I were more important to Him than anything He experienced that awful day.
As we observe Good Friday, let's remember that He was willing to go through the agony for our sake. And on Easter Sunday, as we rejoice in His resurrection, and each day that we walk in the freedom that His actions provided us, can we each take at least a moment to ask ourselves what we are willing to do for Him?