Today is the day that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The day that falls in between despair and hope, between sin and redemption, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
The day when this "Jesus" who claimed to be The King of the Jews, The Messiah, now lay lifeless.
This is the day when the taste of victory still laid sweet on the tongues of those who hated and reviled Him.
Just yesterday, The Messiah,The Son of God had been crucified in the worst form of torture and humiliation known to man. Just yesterday, He had been beaten, tortured, disfigured beyond recognition and mocked on the cross as His own Father ignored His cries of "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?"
As the nails were driven through His hands and feet, and His blood began to flow, all his revilers could think of was that now, at last, there would be an end to this madness, this talk of a new kingdom, this talk of a Savior who came into the world to save us from our sins; and that now, at last, Jesus’s followers would disperse, eliminating any future threats to their worldly "kingdom."
Today is also the day when the agony and suffering that Jesus endured just yesterday still laid heavily on the hearts of those who dearly loved and followed Jesus as their Messiah.
Today is the day when Mary, the Mother of Jesus was experiencing grief upon grief. Yesterday, she saw her baby boy suffer more agony that any human being should, and more than any mother would ever want to witness. Instead of waking up to new mercies this morning, she awoke to the harsh reality of her precious son’s death. Her heart could not contain the rivers of pain running through it, and they spilled over and out, reminding her again of Jesus’s spilled blood.
Today is the day when the The Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world, your sin and mine, now lay lifeless in a cold dark tomb just hours after uttering the words "It is finished,” as He hung on the cross drawing His last breaths.
Today is the day when armed guards were still standing watch at the tomb, in order to ensure no one could possibly steal Jesus's body.
Today is the day where no words of comfort or faith were spoken, and deep grief, doubts and questions gripped the disciples’ hearts and minds.Today is the day Jesus's followers saw their faith crushed, their hope of victory gone and an uncertain future before them. Today is the day before the First Easter, the Day of Jesus's Resurrection. Only none of them knew the First Easter was coming. Oh, they had been told, but they had not understood. And now that their Jesus was dead how could the promises He had given them possibly come to pass? It was all over now. Utter despair filled their hearts.
Today is once again the day before Easter. The day before the stone was rolled away from the tomb and only an empty space was found because the grave could not hold Him.
Yes, Today is the day before Easter - A day where Christians will gather from all over the world to celebrate THE RESURRECTION of Jesus - who for the joy set before him willingly went to the cross to pay the debt for our sins. He suffered, died and was buried. BUT on the third day He rose from the dead.
Easter is the day when Jesus proved He was who He said He was - The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Your sin and mine.
He LIVES and reigns at the right hand of God the Father.
And He shall come again in glory! Just as He says He will!
HAPPY EASTER! HE IS RISEN!!
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