Summary: What does the cross mean to you?
What the resurrection means to me
Easter is an awesome time of the year. Spring is in the air. Flowers are all in bloom. The earth is coming alive again after a dead winter. I love the old saying you see on church billboards " It’s spring God did it again". But it is also a great time for us Christians. This is the time we celebrate the victory, the victory that gave us eternal life. The victory that will keep us from the depths of hell. The victory that we do not deserve. We celebrate a risen Lord, not a dead God. Many other religons celebrate the death of their leaders. But for us we get to celebrate the resurrection, the victory over death, hell, and sin.
What does the resurrection means to me. Sometimes to understand what the resurrection means we need to understand what Jesus went through. We need to understand the pain and the suffering that Jesus went through to truly understand the victory, the victory in Jesus.
(read Luke 23:26-38)
Beaten and tired dragging the heavy cross that he was about to be nailed to. I would have to imagine the knowledge of knowing what was about to happen would drive me crazy. But knowing some would care less about what he was doing had to be worse.The crown of thorns trickling blood down his swollen face. His tired and beaten back screaming with pain from the whips. The pain would be intolerable even with painkillers but he refused it. He wanted full mind even during the darkest hour. So dark that the sun would not even shine. The soilders casting lots for his clothes. People swearing and cursing him.They lashed out at him. People hurling insults
as he passed by with the cross. The cross you and I didn’t have to bear.
Let’s flip back to the 22nd chapter of Luke verse 63. The soilders put a blindfold on Jesus and started punching him while asking "Prophesy to us now Messiah! Who hit you?" In the book of Isaiah the prophet said the Messiah would be able to judge by smell. He felt the pain of the human kind. He felt emotions, heartbreak, and the tears. But even during trying times he still set our examples to follow. During tough times he still sought the father’s will. He wanted to do the father’s will no matter the cost. He willingly done God’s will.
Let’s look at the cross for a moment. Jesus was in between two thieves and in his moment of darkness he still reached out for others.
(read Luke 23:39-43) I can only imagine the joy or relief that the thief must of felt. "Today we will be in paridise." Jesus was forsaken so we wouldn’t. He paid our price. He took our sins on his own account. In 23:34 Jesus said"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do". They were not aware of their wickedness. They didn’t recognize him as the Messiah. 1Cor.2:8 says "For if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the lord of glory."
What happened when Jesus died. He looked up to heaven and said " Father, into your hands do I commit my spirit." The son of God gave up his spirit and died. Several things happened at this point. Matthew says (Matt 27:51-59) The earth began to shake and the rocks began to split open. Tombs were opened and the bodies of holy people who had died werre raised to life. What I belive to be the most significant was the curtian(veil) in the temple rippied into two. The temple was a dwelling place