He is Alive!

A week. Seven days. 168 hours. Not a long period of time, usually our weeks fly by and we move on to the next week and so on. But what if we were given a week to live? What if we knew we would suffer in a way that was so unimaginable, so horrifying that we couldn’t comprehend it? What if we knew we would be completely alone, to the point that God would forsake us?
Isn’t that what Jesus faced? Isaiah 53:7 says “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
Honestly, I would go “kicking and screaming”, because I complain at much, much less every day of my life. I would use any means necessary to stop it. Yet Jesus had every means needed to stop it and he chose not to. History is filled with kings who expected those they ruled to die for them. The King of the Universe left his throne, humbled himself to be born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, willingly went to the crucifixion and died in my place so that I might have life. For sins I would commit thousands of years later.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30.
The greatest gift of love ever given. Given to you and to me. Our sin debt wiped clean by His blood. But that’s not the end! The week was not over. He is risen! He has defeated death! For those who call upon His name as Lord and Savior, we have life. Eternal life with him. As hard as it is to comprehend His death, how much harder is it to comprehend eternal life with him?
But we know it to be true. Jesus is alive and seated at the right hand of the Father. And one day He will return.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, the he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15: 3-5.
A week. Seven days. 168 hours. What have we accomplished this week? What have we accomplished in the name of Jesus this week?
Always running to the cross!
Hugh

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