I re-read the crucifixion chapter in Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ. Shocks and humbles and makes me teary every time.
Spent most of the Good Friday service distracted by my toddler and 10 month old, but as I fed her the bottle while the Church sang a hymn around me, the Lord gave me a gift: the beauty and gift of the cross is that Jesus makes a way so that we can be present to God as we are in the moment and it be a delight to Him. So whether my undivided attention is on our pastor or the lyrics being sung or chatting with my daughter about not shouting or doling out a snack… it’s the cross of Christ that gives that an opportunity to be worship and abiding and relationship.
John asked me if any Easter themes have been standing out to me this week. To spare you my externally processing (and because I can’t remember the many words I responded with), it was this: that if Jesus says it, it can be trusted. God’s nature and His Word are the most unchanging factors in my life. And no matter my feelings, concerns, uncertainty, or another’s response, He can be trusted and I want to trust Him. The woman who broke the bottle and prepared Jesus for burial was the only woman who treating Jesus as if what He said what about to happen was about to happen. I haven’t studied this in depth, but in my heart’s opinion, I’m believing it’s because she knew. She had paid attention and she was taking Jesus at His words, and acting accordingly. Disciples deserted out of fear and confusion. Followers were confused and distraught, and rightly so, having your Lord and Friend dying a horrible death right in front of you, but, did their vision only land two feet in front of them or did they have a level of faith-eyes for beyond that day? No matter what anything else looks or feels like, if Jesus is the one saying it, being it, it can be stood upon, trusted in, following closely.
Happy Easter Sunday, friends. He is risen indeed.