Dear Easter weekend,
You are always fun to celebrate, but I think I’m more aware and thankful than I’ve ever been of why we celebrate you. The bunnies, egg hunts and chickens are all great, but today I’m simply grateful for the sacrifice Christ made of His own life on the cross to save sinful people from eternity in hell.
In my 25 years of life, I have never been more thankful my time on earth is temporary. I look around and see brokenness, turmoil and sin. Lots of it. Sure, I see good in the midst of the junk, but the brokenness I see outweighs the good right now. People fail and disappoint us. I screw up and fail and disappoint myself and others. More importantly than others, we don’t live up to the standards God has set out for us. We fail and disappoint Him.
Every failure and disappointment really translates into sin. Christ came to live a perfect life and to become sin in His death. Our sin, my sin, separates me from the holy God. Christ gave everything to be the ultimate sacrifice to give sinners a chance to spend eternity with Him. We must respond. We must acknowledge our sinfulness, our need for a Savior and our desire for forgiveness. We must fully surrender to Christ as King of our lives.
Once this occurs, we are forgiven. We will continue to make mistakes, but those mistakes will be forgiven as well. However, no matter how forgiven we are, it doesn’t change that there is consequence to our sin on earth. Everything we do, every mistake we make, results in something. Sometimes our individual decisions only affect us. Sometimes our entire families. Sometimes an entire group of people. Sometimes more people than we will ever realize.
The Lord grieves our sin. Our sin affects much more than just our small sphere of living. Today, I think I’m more aware of this than ever. My prayer lately has been that my sin, no matter how big or how small, would grieve me the way it grieves the Lord. It is so easy for me to be unaffected by my pride, my idolatry, my callous heart. I want to see all my sin for what it is and allow the Lord to refine me to be more like Him.
I am unbelievably thankful for what you represent. Without Christ’s death and resurrection, we would be hopeless; because of it, we get to be hopeful. I’m equally thankful my time here on earth is temporary, that one day Christ will prevail over Satan for good and sin will be no more. Until then, I will continue to pray and fight against sin taking strongholds in my life.
Thankful to celebrate Christ’s death but more importantly His resurrection,
Sinner saved by the grace of God
Happy Easter to the world’s greatest readers!