I imagine the path to the cross over 2000 years ago. The path of sacrifice, redemption and glory.
The footsteps stirring up the dusty road,
the sun’s glare casting a shadow of a cross across the path,
beads of sweat dropping like pearls as dust scatters with every drop,
silence except for the gulps of air being sucked in and the taunts and berating of the soldiers urging the man on,
the spectators watching intently as the burden of the cross causes the man to stumble-the weight of the cross pushing Him toward the ground,
a man named Simon – summoned to pick up the cross and carry it for the man.
Each step, each visual are a necessary piece of this story. This is Jesus’ story played out so our own stories could begin. This is the path to resurrection ~ this is Easter!
The path led to Calvary Hill and there in a moment of extreme pain, sacrifice and in the end- death, new life began. Jesus suffered and died so we might live and three days later, He rose to live again. May Jesus’ surrender challenge us to take a chance on opening wide our hearts for God and create a resurrection in our faith and actions toward others. Because He lives, our stories began and now we live to honor Him.
[tweetthis]Jesus’ surrender is a challenge to create a resurrection in our own faith. @MaryGeisen [/tweetthis]
Because He lives, we know how to love…
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Because He lives, we are given the gift of grace each morning…
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Because He lives, we are renewed by His Holy Spirit…
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior Titus 3:4-6
Because He lives, we are redeemed, restored and established as children of God. Because He lives, we live! Hosanna to Lord Most High!
May this Easter cause us to pause and learn of Jesus’ faithfulness in a complete surrender of our own lives as the beginning to our own redemption story.
Take time today, to sit and listen to the beautiful words of “Because He Lives” by Matt Maher. Click here to enjoy!
Easter blessings to all!
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