At Easter we take the time to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made. We think about how He died on the cross, for our sins. Watching 'The Passion of the Christ' on Friday was a vivid reminder of the suffering that Jesus went through. He went through some serious torture before His death on the cross. And he did that for us. In the movie they show Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene looking on as Jesus is beaten. Can you imagine how Mary must have felt? Her son, the one who reached out to others, healed others, raised people from the dead, now seeming so powerless. Yet He did have the power. It was a matter of timing and completing His mission.
As passerby's yelled out "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross", Jesus remained silent. It was not yet time. Because of His great love for us He had to give in to death. On the third day though, His power enabled Him to overcome death through resurrection. Imagine how utterly amazed the Mary's must have been when they saw Him again. They must have been shocked. I can't even imagine. I wonder how long it took the disciples to grasp what His death adn resurrection meant for their lives and their futures. I still find it incomprehensible at times.
I'm very thankful for the amazing grace we have been shown. His power over death has brought us life. We are now truely free and this is something we must remember everyday.
Amazing Grace: Life. Freedom. Hope for the Future.