“He is not here, He has Risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'”-Luke 24:6-7
I get chills as I write this because it is unbelievable what Jesus did for us. He knew most of us would never never accept or love him, He knew we did not deserve this, but He loved us so much that He did it anyway.
Halfway across the world, two thousand years ago, Jesus was beaten, tortured, and bruised for us when He was of no fault. He was forced to carry His cross to Calvary and was nailed to it while donning a crown of thick thorns on His head. HE DID IT FOR US. FOR YOU. FOR ME. FOR ALL OF US. The criminals, the perfectionists, the liars, the hypocrites. All of us.
As we approach next Friday (Good Friday) and next Sunday (Easter), I cannot help but remember to think about the greatest love story ever written. The one where God gives His only Son to come down to earth and die a torturous death for our sins. The one where He is nailed to a cross between two thieves and tells the one “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43) and cries out to God about his persecutors saying “Forgive them Father, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). Then LITERALLY rising from the dead three days later and ascending to Heaven. He is and was the real deal.
I am excited for the day when my weary hand is held by his perfect, nail scarred hand.