Easter: When we celebrate Jesus death on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection. The empty tomb is foundational to the Christian faith. The empty tomb is Easter. But oh, how we love the cross! continue reading here
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When I was a child, Good Friday was a unique day. About three o’clock in the afternoon, most of the stores and businesses closed and people went to church. The afternoon was a somber one. We’d come home and after dinner we’d color Easter eggs and begin to look forward to Sunday!
Today, Good Friday is not much more than a day on the calendar. People may or may not Read More Here
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. – Isaiah 53:4
Jesus, when they cracked the whip and the metal shards pulled the skin off your back did you feel the pain of my hand as it spanked my child in anger.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. – Isaiah 53:5
Jesus, when the soldiers yelled and taunted you, did hear the sharp sting of my words as I talked down to my co-workers, siblings, parents, grandparents, husband and children?
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. – Isaiah 53: 7
Jesus, when the crowd called out “Barabbas!” did you hear me go along with them rather than be identified with you?
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. – John 1:0-11
Jesus, when they thrust the thorns into your brow, were you repulsed by the number of times I thought I deserved more, or better, or different than the things you had given me?
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. – Isaiah 53:6
Jesus, when they drove the stake into your feet, did you experience the pain of my disobedience? Did you hear me defiantly say, “No, I won’t go there!”?
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross. – 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus, when they nailed your hands to the cross, did you think about the times I refused to serve your children because I had other, better, things to do?
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels. – Isaiah 53:12
Jesus, when the sky was dark, was it my shame that blocked the sun?
God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light. – John 3:19
Jesus, when you heard the scoffers, was it my voice you heard yelling out of control as I demanded obedience from my children?
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. – Colossians 1: 20-21
Jesus, when you said, “It is finished!” were you revolted by my thoughts that I didn’t need a Savior?
No one is righteous – not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away… – Romans 3:10-12
Jesus, when you died, and they laid your body on the cold slab in the darkness of the tomb, did the weight of my guilt press down upon you?
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8
Jesus, what can wash away my sin?
Nothing, but the blood of Jesus!
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” – Hebrews 10:10
(All Scriptures are from the New Living Translation)
I know who I am. I know my past. I know my heart. I know my thoughts. I know the dark corners. I know the skeletons. I know what I am capable of. I know the heartache I’ve caused. I know who I’ve pushed away. I know who I’ve cast aside. I know I let other people down. I know how I’ve neglected you. I know how self-focused I am. I know I insist upon my own way. I know I let you down.
And still, continue here