Easter is upon us. The holiest week for Christianity is a time of reflection and humble thanks for the gift that God bestowed on us in His son, Jesus Christ. He was both God and man, and was born so that He could die, giving salvation and eternal life to all who repent of their sins and believe in Him.
The story of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, and accession into Heaven is a familiar one to all Christians. Still, it is important to take time to truly reflect on this great sacrifice of the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. I challenge all Christians to open their Bibles this week and begin reading the Gospels. Try and see Jesus through the eyes of the disciples. Look at Him through the eyes of those whom He miraculously healed. See Him through the eyes of His enemies. You will see Jesus in a new light.
-Jesus was no weakling. The same Jesus who was tortured, beaten and crucified is the same Jesus who marched into the temple and overturned the tables of those who were selling on the Sabbath. Everything that Jesus did was done with determination and purpose. When He was whipped, beaten, and nailed to the cross, He knowingly made the sacrifice. He was not a mere lamb who was led to be slaughtered, taking whatever was doled out to Him. He was an obedient son to His Father in Heaven, ready to take the punishment for the sins of all of mankind. He could have saved Himself if He wanted to. Instead, He chose to save mankind.
-Jesus was discerning. Jesus had the power to heal and do miracles at any time of His choosing. Still, He knew when to refrain and when to demonstrate His power. He knew that a display of his power at the wrong time or in the wrong place would hasten the time for what His Father had planned. Jesus wanted to be obedient to His Father, and this meant holding back at times. This meant waiting for the right time so that God’s plan would transpire in accordance with His plan.
-Jesus was forgiveness. He forgave Peter for denying Him three times. He forgave those who tortured Him and crucified Him, crying out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” How must His enemies have seen Him as He was praying for them in the midst of His horrific pain? Surely no one had ever before witnessed such love and compassion.
This coming Holy Week is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with Jesus Christ. You may have known Him for many years. It doesn’t matter. There is still more to know. There is still more growing to do. The key to Christian growth is in knowing Jesus on a more personal level. Let this Easter be your personal invitation to have a more intimate walk with the Lord.