For some reason, whenever Easter will roll around, I would get really uneasy. I never understood why. Christmas was always the best time but Easter always seemed overwhelming. It never hit me why until this year’s Cross Equals Love campaign. Easter confronts us with our sin so clearly because the main focus is Jesus’ sacrifice.
Easter is all about Jesus’ death and resurrection. We all know that. But understanding the magnitude of that is a whole different level. Jesus’ love was so genuine and real and nothing we deserve. Imagine giving Jesus half our heart and living outside of His ways when He died a brutal death on a cross? How can we go through the Easter season without looking at ourselves and really aligning ourselves to God?
Easter is not just another event, it’s the event. We would not have hope if it wasn’t for Jesus. The crucifixion is a tough pill to swallow. It was bloody and painful, yet Jesus did it anyway for us. It’s so easy to forget the magnitude of what happened. It was a brutal death. Yet Jesus did it for love. A radical, pure, never-ending love. A love we don’t even deserve yet He gives so willingly.
This season is always important. But it’s also important to look to ourselves and see how we can be living more for Jesus. We need to honor His sacrifice and all He has done for us.
Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity He put us in right standing with Himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be. And He did it by means of Jesus Christ.
– Romans 3:23-24