Easter arrives bringing with it, the joy in the celebration in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after His death on the crucifixion. Remembering His death, His act of love on the cross, is a gift of grace for all who choose to believe.
Each year as I reflect and celebrate this day of great joy, I am in awe that a loving God could sacrifice His son for the sake of all mankind. This is the time of year where I ask myself how great is my love for those with whom I love. How great is my love to a living God with whom I worship? Is my worship and admiration sufficient? His death is why we can celebrate while singing “Hallelujah, He is Risen!”
I would never be able to sacrifice one of our daughters in the manner in which God sacrificed His son, but I could stand in front of them to protect them if the occasion ever arose. Whatever I have, I give to my husband and our daughters, with a love and passion that never stops growing. It is not a material thing, but rather an all-consuming heart beat of my soul. There is no doubt the amount of love and affection I have for each of them. And, yet at Easter, I am find myself asking, “Is my love for Christ the same or even greater?”
It is truly amazing, to know and experience the deep love that I have for my husband and our daughters, yet it pales in comparison to the love that God has for each of us. How does a loving and living God decide that His one and only Son must die on the cross? For those of us who believe, we understand our place in His family of Life. We belong to a God who adores us more than we can possibly love our own spouse and children. I have a hard time comprehending this type of love. It is so awesome and amazing!
With a love so grand, my hope is that Christians continue to open their hearts to the calling of Christ, with generosity, while giving joyously to others with love. God never changed His mind about this phenomenal act of love. It was not about how much in riches He could give to each of us, but rather a bonded relationship, letting us know He would always be present in our lives, and always providing for our needs.
Our job as Christians is not to judge others nor to give while holding back. I am speaking about the gift of intimate relationships with family, our friendship, the generosity of self when someone is down or in need of encouragement, the gift of giving to one that is less fortunate. I am also talking about what it means to be a person of transparency, with compassion and a willingness to give and share our hearts opening without hiding behind our pride and fear.
A Christian will never be able to out-give God, but a Christian has the opportunity to represent themselves in the light of Christ. Our actions and words are representative of how much we love God. That does not mean we must give all our possessions away to the poor, but rather when our heart is tugged, we follow through with what He is asking us to do.
There is no taking back when we give to others in love. God shared that example with His son on the cross. Once the day arrived that Jesus would carry His own cross, to be nailed to this same tree of execution, where He would be hung to bleed, to be taunted until His last dying breath, until He said “It is finished”, that was the moment that God out-did Himself on our behalf.
Those three simple words “It is finished” bring tears to my heart. I can’t say them, read them or write them without crying, due to the significance of their meaning. Jesus took our punishment, so that sinners of the world would never have to suffer this type of punishment for our own sin in life. This was the ultimate in the act of forgiveness.
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