As I look at the events of Easter I am in awe and wonder of the sacrifice that Jesus made for my Salvation. As I consider the sacrifice of Jesus there is so much that I do not fully understand because I am a mere mortal. The fact that Jesus left Heaven to become a man is beyond my ability to fully comprehend. There have been times I have been lost in His presence for a significant time and could not describe what I experienced spiritually because of the wonder of that experience and this would be only a glimpse of what Heaven is like.

What Jesus suffered is beyond comprehension, crucifixion was one of the most barbaric forms of execution invented by man and was reserved for the worst criminals. Isaiah 52:14 NLT says “Many were amazed when they saw Him – beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would not know that He was a person”.  It is hard to imagine what that looks like except to say any perceived discomfort that I have experienced for following Jesus is so insignificant when compared to what Jesus suffered. There are a couple of things that happened on the cross when Jesus experienced the sins of the world His Heavenly turned His back on Jesus and He cried out” My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Also despite His suffering as the eldest of the family He protected His mother, He asked John to take His mother into his house (John 19:26&27). When Jesus knew that He had accomplished everything He gave up His spirit and died (John 19:30). When Jesus died the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, there was a mighty earthquake and the bodies of some of the dead saints were resurrected and the centurion at the cross said: “Truly This was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:50-54).

As we remember the suffering of Jesus it helps us to appreciate the love of God towards us. We who have said yes to follow Jesus have so much to be thankful for. I can still remember the load of sin taken from me the night I was born again 70 years ago. It is so important to understand the significance of being born again. In Jeremiah 1:5 God said that before you were born He knew you, this means we are special in God’s sight and He wants us to respond to His love in a significant way. We must never forget that He not only took our sins but our sorrows, griefs, and sicknesses. Because of His sacrifice, we are free from the power of sin. In the history of mankind, there was a time when Satan had power, however, that power has been taken from him by Jesus, this means the only the only power that he has is what we give him.

Jesus rose again on the third day as He had taught His disciples victorious, and this is how Jesus wants us to live. At this Easter time may we re-evaluate our attitude to our salvation. What I have experienced over my lifetime there have been times when I have allowed the business of life to overshadow my love for my Saviour. May we use this Easter time to look afresh at how we are living and if necessary repent and change and put Jesus first in our living. We are living at a time when the world is screaming out for the real thing. May we bring the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection to the world in which we live.

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