Born of a virgin, Mary and immaculate conception, He was placed in a manger. Mary was suspected at one point or another, for conceiving out of wedlock. His human father, Joseph, was a carpenter. He was of royal descent. At birth, He was visited by wise men and shepherds, guided by a star. During infancy the local dictator, Herod, slaughtered innocent babies in an attempt to kill Him. His parents fled. Mary and Joseph stayed in Muturea.
The poorest were not afraid to approach Him. Even little children loved to climb and sit on His laps.
He became a carpenter from the small village of Nazareth. He walked among us. He performed innumerable miracles…He restored sight to the blind, healed the sick suffering from all kinds of diseases, cast out indwelling demons, raised the dead…He demonstrated God’s love for us and His desire to heal us both spiritually and physically.
He entered ministry at about age 30. He selected disciples to spread his teachings. 12 disciples. He confounded the most knowledgeable men. He opposed corrupt leaders. He was criticized for associating with sinners.
He preached the Good News about the Kingdom to the masses. He taught us to love our enemies, help the poor, care for orphans and widows, and tend to the sick. Large crowds followed Him.
Judas Iscariot, one of His 12 disciples betrayed Him and handed Him over to the chief priests, for 30 silver coins. Judas had given the soldiers a sign: He kissed Him and they arrested Him.
He was mocked, spat upon, beaten violently, and led away to be executed on a hill outside of Jerusalem. He silently bore our burden of sin so that we could have the choice between Heaven and Hell. He was hammered to a wooden cross, in Golgotha.
His mother, Mary, who had seen Him play with toys, who had watched Him run around in the neighborhood with His siblings in all the joy of childhood, who had raised Him and watched Him grow up into a man, now watched Him as He was physically destroyed. She watched Him in agony on that cross as He bore the sins of the world.
On the cross above His head they put a “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews” notice. People mocked Him “Save yourself if you’re God’s son“, “He saved others but He cannot save Himself”
At noon, there was darkness that covered the whole country till 3 o’clock. Before dying, Jesus cried out loudly “My God, My God, why did You abandon me?“. The Father had turned His back on Him as He became sin on our behalf. He felt spiritually abandoned and that was the greatest extreme. When He died, the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in 2 from top to bottom, and the earth shook.
In the evening, a man named Joseph from Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. He took His body down, wrapped it in a linen sheet, and placed it in a tomb. He then rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb. After being dead for three days, He rose from the dead.
Sunday morning the women went to the tomb and they found it empty. They didn’t find Jesus’ body. The stone was rolled away from the entrance. Not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in. Two men told the women that He had been raised as He had said. And He ascended into Heaven and took a seat next to God, the Father.
We had all sinned and deserved God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, loves us so much that He took the punishment we deserved. For Jesus, the way was a costly one. Though He was God in the flesh, He traveled the road of sorrows and it ended with His death on the cross. It was to redeem us that Jesus suffered and died. He offered his life as an act of love, so perfect, so pure and so valuable that it paid for all our sins.
He became a Man of Sorrows, that we might be made partakers of everlasting joy. God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world destroyed with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the Angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death.
Three nails. Two thieves. And one broken body. From the Cross to the grave to new life and to Heaven, our lives take on the very quality of His. The Son of God joined Himself to humanity so that we might be joined to His divinity. We were buried with Him and shared His death, and just as Christ was raised from death by the Father’s glorious power that we might live a new life. Our old being has been put to death with Christ on the cross, that the sinful self be destroyed so we can no longer be slaves of sin. Christ lives in us, and we live in Him.
It all begins at the foot of the cross. When you come to Him in faith, His love and mercy sets you free from the things that have held you captive all your life.
If we could grasp the enormity of God’s love for us, our faith would rocket heavenwards, bursting through the clouds into endless sunshine. God doesn’t just love; He is LOVE. God knows each of us individually and loves us personally. His love, is a mighty love that has no beginning and no end. The wonders of God’s love! We are not able to grasp the height, and depth, and length, and breadth of the love of God; for it passes knowledge. God loves us because of who He is: LOVE! God is love. Sometimes in the busyness of life, we forget just how crucial Christ’s death on the cross was to our freedom. If He hadn’t died, we wouldn’t have a relationship with God. As an outcome of His death, God’s wrath was satisfied and we walk away free. Jesus opened the way for us to have eternal life.
His earthly life was one of a kind. He lived a sinless life. His life was perfect. He wasn’t simply a history maker; He forever altered history. The most exceptional thing about Jesus Christ is that He is God’s incarnate. He became a human of frail flesh yet He remained fully God. He is indeed the Son of God.
Jesus Christ died for us. He chose to die to offer Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt for the sins of humanity. Truly, to die for another is proof of love: “The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.” (John 15:13)
Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. He looked Satan in the eyes and said, “GAME OVER”