This morning (Good Friday), followers of Jesus all around the world will pause to meditate on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This was not the only time someone was killed on a cross — in fact, Jesus was centred between two others the day He was executed — but His cross alone stands as a symbol of hope, forgiveness, and God’s love.
…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins [pays for our wrongs] — and not only our sins, but the sins of all the world.1 John 2:1-2
Although, we all have “good days”, humans are sinful. We lack control, including self-control, and cope poorly with suffering and disappointment. Our world is sick with regret over the past, and anxiousness about the future. In other words, our burdens are heavy.
Jesus invites everyone to trade their weariness for His lightness. He says, “I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
Historical accounts tell us that around noon on the day Jesus was crucified, the sky went dark. The champion of the oppressed had died. Anyone watching would have expected this terrible scene to become a lasting picture of hopelessness, and yet that is so far from the truth. This error in thought and sight continues today.
Today, many skeptics point to “darkness”, and scoff at the idea of God. How can God be real when the world is full of sin, suffering, addiction, tragedy, and on? Yet so many people have been deeply grieved by all of these things, only to find Jesus sweeter still.
How can this be? Simply put — Jesus really has defeated sin and shame, and His presence in our lives really is enough to provide rest for our souls.
We sincerely hope you have an amazing weekend, but we also hope you don’t this:
The most “Easter” thing you can possibly do is give your burdens up to Jesus, and celebrate that you can!