There is a sacred space that is created in a moment of time when a soul becomes fully aware of the depth of sacrifice Jesus made on Good Friday.
It’s the moment when the image of Jesus, who’s shoulders are bruised and splintered from dragging the rugged wooden cross to Golgotha, transitions from a fuzzy out of focus Sunday school story into a clear as day image where you can almost feel the heat, hear the sounds and smell the aroma of sweat, blood and people.
You see the outstretched arms of Christ as His body spasms from the pain while the blunt nails are pounded through His hands. You see the crown of thorns digging into His scalp and can almost smell the sweat mixed with the blood as it drips down His face.
You hear the compassion in His voice as He speaks through His pain and asks God to
forgive them, for they know not what they are doing (Luke 23:34 NIV).
You ache as you hear the agonising despair when He, the one that is blameless and without sin, takes on the separation we deserve by bearing the weight of the sin of the world and cries out
Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani! (which means “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Mark 15:34 NIV).
That one divinely appointed moment in time predestined for Jesus to become our final sacrifice so that we may have eternal life.
and then with a loud cry He breathed His last (Mark 15:37 NIV)
This is why good Friday and Easter Sunday is the holiest of times in the Christian calendar. It encompasses the gut-wrenching devastation of an undeserved death with the absolute exhilaration of our saviour coming back to life fulfilling the promises foretold throughout the Bible and declaring to the world
I am for you (Ezekiel 36:9a NKJV).
The one moment evidenced in history which continues to be remembered from generation to generation all for one purpose.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:16-17 NIV).
This sacred space is why we can be secure in the knowledge that no matter what is happening in our world, even if it is filled with uncertainty and heartache, He has already made a way, this is only for a season and He has prepared a place for us with Him (see John 14:2-3).
So, for those of you who are yet to meet Jesus, I pray fervently that you do, He loves you desperately and yearns to have a relationship with you.
For my brothers and sisters in Christ, I join with you as we remember our Saviours sacrifice.
My heart is in awe of the depth of grace shown to us. While we were and are so undeserving, He still made a way when there seemed to be no way.
To God be all the glory.