“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.” (Matthew 27:50-51)
Good Friday. The day we remember a dark day almost 2000 years ago, but oh, what a good day, indeed. The day the Lamb of God took on the sins of the earth and paid the price for all as the ultimate sacrifice. Our sins separate us from the Holy Lord. He died for me. He died for you. We can never earn or deserve the grace that has been poured on us from our loving and merciful God. If there were only one soul on earth to save, Jesus still would have had reason to hang on the cross. He loves us all that much. So much, that “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) But, Easter isn’t celebrated on Friday. It gets better.
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” Then they remembered his words.” (Luke 24:1-8)
We don’t serve a dead deity, we serve a living God! (Hebrews 9:14). He is not to be found among the dead, but among the living! If I look dead to others, how can I encourage them to seek the Living One? After Christ defeated the grave, He said to the disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Our innocent Savior took the path of torture, pain and death so that we could follow with one thing – belief. “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” What better time to share the good news than when we celebrate that truth? Matt Maher’s ‘Christ is Risen’ says it all for me. “Oh Church, Come stand in the light. The glory of God has defeated the night. Oh death, where is your sting? Oh Hell, where is your victory? Oh Church, Come stand in the light. Our God is not dead, He’s alive, He’s alive!” (see 1 Cor 15:54-56) Happy Easter!