When I read scriptures, I often try to read between the lines or remember the things the bible doesn’t say. There are messages I can receive other than the direct ones I read.
When I think of the birth of Jesus and consider where he was born it encourages me. I remember that Jesus was the son of God and could have been born in a mansion or a palace. Instead he was born in a Manger. He was born in the most run-down, ordinary, nothing-fancy kind of place. This reminds my heart that there is no place too ordinary or simple or ugly that Jesus can’t go in my own life. God can work anywhere. His grace is everywhere.
Jesus could’ve been given earthly parents that were royalty, but he wasn’t. He was given everyday people to raise him. Their faith was the most remarkable thing about them. God can use the everyday for miracles.
Jesus was brought to this Earth and felt everything a human being feels. This means he got sad and angry and maybe even embarrassed. He felt headaches or exhaustion after a long day’s work. Jesus felt everything we feel. God understands how we feel all the time.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God so loved THE WORLD. This verse doesn’t tell us for God so loved the perfect, or the skinny, or the wealthy, or this certain ethnicity. He gave His son to THE WORLD. The scripture doesn’t even exclude non-believers. He gave His son to everyone. He gave up His son for everyone. What a thought. God’s love is not exclusive. Trust me when I tell you that I know God loves YOU.
Last week I thought about the walk to Jerusalem. Jesus knew what he was walking toward. He knew his plan and his purpose. Can you imagine walking towards a torturous death like the one Jesus experienced? It truly blows my mind.
My son tries to ask for things to delay bedtime. He will want water or extra hugs or a light on. Anything to delay what he knows happens next. I am pretty sure I would have pulled similar cards if I was making that walk. But Jesus didn’t hesitate.
Jesus didn’t even speak to defend himself. He only spoke in prayer for others and spoke of God’s truth. Here was this completely innocent, magnificent miracle being tortured and mocked and he never stopped his mission, his purpose, not even for a moment. He died for us. For the world.
When I look at the worldly things like the media and the horror on the news or whispers of gossip and ridicule, I am even more overwhelmed by God’s grace and steadfast love. Jesus died for this. Meditate on that. You were worth it to God.
Today is Good Friday. When you read about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, it is chilling. It can bring on tears or even anger. The way Jesus was treated is horrific. The description of “cruel and unusual” doesn’t even do it enough justice. His death for us was unthinkable.
The Good part is what happens next. But today, take a moment to just consider what Jesus went through. He felt it all. Then consider why.
When you look at the life of Jesus, it speaks volumes about God’s desire to have a relationship with us. It shouts, “I understand! I can relate! I get you!”
This weekend has nothing to do with easter egg hunts or bunnies or candy. While my children will enjoy these traditions, I will remind them of what Easter Sunday is all about.
He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.