What's good this Friday?
Good Friday always makes me so emotional! I blogged about it here, when I cried like a baby in church and the entire church was practically staring. To be honest, I avoid reading the Passion story as much as I can because it always makes me so so emotional. However, it’s the easter weekend, so it’s unavoidable. For today, I'm sharing three reasons why this is my absolutely most favorite weekend (pardon my english please) in the entire year.
But first, press play on this very lovely song. It's worthwhile, I promise.
1. This weekend reminds me of exactly why I am a Christian. I love God, and I have a consuming passion to share His word with the world. Cue, this blog. More recently, I have been thinking about exactly why I love God, and why I’m passionate about His work. The reason is right here. I cannot think about the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and not love Him. How can perfection take the place for sin? It blows my mind. As I write now, I'm getting even more emotional, because the story of the gospel has to be the single more astounding, most astonishing occurrence ever. I am a christian because Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for me. He loves me so much that He came all the way from heaven to pay the price for my sins, and ensure eternal redemption of my soul. There’s nothing more beautiful that this sacrifice.
If you’re not committed to Jesus, I implore you, please surrender your life to Him. Serving God pays. When you place your eyes on Jesus, He takes care of everything concerning you. He gives you rest on all sides. I’m a living testimony.
2. It’s my time to stop and think. Lent (the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) is an incredibly solemn season. In my walk with God, I sometimes get so carried away that I don’t stop to reflect on the basics. That’s exactly what this Holy Week has done for me. It’s forced me to really sit and think about the cross, and how the entirety of our faith is based on the cross. Sure, I could have come to that realization by myself. But the solemnity and silence of holy week have made this process that much faster and easier. Christianity is all about celebration, and rightly so. After all, Jesus has conquered the world and no power in the world that was, is, or is to come, can ever challenge that.
Amidst all the loud music, we must create time to go away by ourselves, and heed Jesus’ invitation to spend an hour with Him, as He invited the disciples at the Garden of Gethsemane.
3. Easter is the ultimate declaration of victory. Jesus did very many astounding things in His lifetime. Even before His public ministry began, He already was shaking the world. As a fetus, He caused the child in the womb of Elizabeth to leap for joy. In His childhood, He spent time with the experts on religious law, and astounded them with His wisdom and knowledge. During His public ministry, He raised the dead, restored health, restored law and order to the solemn places of the faith (at the temple), He accepted those who had been rejected by religion, He set an example for all eternity. He gave us the standard for holiness, righteousness, and a walk with the Father. But the ultimate icing on the cake is the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.
Jesus. Rose. From. The. Dead. Because I know this, there is absolutely nothing that can shake me. There is nothing that can overcome me in this life. Jesus has paid the price for me. I am redeemed. I am saved. I am free. I have been set free. This realization brings tears to my eyes every single time. What wondrous love is this?
That’s it for today friends. I have to run to church (my favorite place haha).
Do tell me why you love the Easter weekend.