“My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matt27:46). Those were the words spoken by a human man suffering the agonizing and painful death of slowly suffocating to death.
I am sure at that very time, Jesus was wondering why He had to suffer in such a horrible way when He had done absolutely nothing wrong to deserve such a fate.
He was innocent. He was sinless and was the only perfect human.
Yet, he hung on the cross in agony for hours. He was mocked and laughed at.
He was given a liquid to consume, but not as a gesture to lessen His suffering. It was given to Him to increase the longevity of this suffering on His body.
He was beaten to the point of being unrecognizable. His skin and flesh ripped away by the whip embedded with items to rip and tear His flesh off His bones.
What parent in their right mind would want their child to suffer in this manner?
What parent would willing allow for their child to suffer such a horrific beating and death?
Yet, God did this for you! Yes, God allowed His only son, Jesus, to endure all these things so that you could have a pathway back to Him.
Let me repeat that! God loved you so much (more than you will ever understand) that He allowed His beloved and innocent son, Jesus, to suffer at the hands of man.
God’s love for us is indescribable, limitless, unfathomable, unstoppable, unyielding, and all-encompassing.
Who else do you know that would allow their son to die so that you could have freedom from the wages of sin?
What other God left His throne for you? What other God let His only Son be tortured, beaten, maimed, whipped, and hung from a cross as He slowly suffocated so that you could have life everlasting?
NO OTHER GOD did that or will do that for you.
This Easter, the story of God’s gift of His Son Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world, has more meaning than ever.
Easter will not be a traditional Easter Sunday with church services, picnics, family gatherings, and egg hunts.
Social distancing has created an Easter that we have never encountered before.
We cannot attend traditional church services or family gatherings.
Right now, a lot of us are fearful. We are worried about what tomorrow holds. We want so desperately for things to go back to the way that they were, but they can’t, and I am afraid things won’t ever go back.
Like us, Jesus was afraid. These were the fears of a human man. He wondered about the pain, suffering, and what lay ahead of Him.
He knew He would suffer immensely. He knew he would be betrayed. He knew He would be mocked and laughed at.
Isn’t that how we are feeling now? We are afraid of what the next few days and weeks hold. We are scared about our jobs, our finances, our families, and our children. Food shortages have proven challenging to feed our families at times.
Many of you might even be thinking that God brought this pandemic to us. You might be wondering why such a “loving” God would allow such suffering, anguish, and death.
The truth is that this is not God’s fault. The sooner we accept that, the faster we can step into restoration. See, God is a God of order. He has provided a way for us to live our lives so that we remain righteous, but the truth is we are only human, and some of us live under the delusion that we control our lives.
Our choices to live our own lives without God has allowed this pandemic to invade our lives. We are the ones to blame for this pandemic, NOT GOD.
Our choices have consequences, as all decisions do. Right now, we are living with our decision to remove God from our lives.
Taking God out of our lives has had severe consequences.
Removing God from our lives was a mistake. One of the tons of mistakes we make. That is where His grace & mercy comes in.
He freely gives us His grace and mercy to overcome our mistakes. He freely gives His unlimited forgiveness so that all our mistakes can be washed away.
Do we deserve this mercy, grace, and forgiveness? The answer is no. We, as humans, can be rude, hateful, mean, greedy, and uncaring. Thank God that He does not see us unworthy! Thank God for that mercy, grace, and unforgiveness.
This Easter, we have more than ever to be thankful for. This Easter, the message of the love of God and the sacrifice of His only Son, our Savior Jesus, means more than ever.
This Easter, I am praying for a newfound hope, a renewed love of God, and a refocusing and determination to defeat this pandemic.
Easter gives the message of redemption. I pray God declares that the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, will be the payment in full to stop this pandemic. Amen.