Of all the things that will surprise us in the resurrection morning, this I believe will surprise us most: that we did not love Christ more before we died. J.C. Ryle
The old hymn, “Before the Throne”, states the astonishing:
Because a sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free-
For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him
… and pardon me.
Pardoned. Forgiven. Redeemed. (Oh, how I love that word.) The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
How thankful we are for a Holy God who found a perfect way to redeem us! May we never get over it.
But you can’t get to Easter without getting through Good Friday. You just can’t. And I’ve always wondered what was so “good” about it. Good Friday is uncomfortable, painful, numbing…hard to breathe if you let yourself really think about it. Jesus endured for us seemingly unending sleeplessness, torture, beatings, and even mocking’s of who He is and His very nature. Yet was powerfully quiet, still. He took the nails to take our pain. His tears are sweet to us, because our God is acquainted with grief. He was broken. We are broken, saddened, bruised. Love will always cost you grief, but it is always worth the price. So give thanks for the heart of a God who bleeds with yours. Believe in and be held by a God who not only dies for you, but cries with you. The God who touches you and frees you and blesses you and heals you. A God that knows you.
And then our darkness all gives way to Easter! Easter – the day that for Christians gives all other days meaning. The ground shakes, the world rings out with the news, as incredibly miraculous today as it was over 2000 years ago -HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE IS RISEN. Those words from the angel echoed off the walls of the empty cave, ricocheted through the empty tomb and out into the sunlight that Resurrection morning…at first a conundrum to the grief-stunned followers of Jesus and then a clear revelation of Truth, of life over death, of victory! Of overcoming.
He is Risen, indeed!
We can’t be thankful enough.
Your CFBC Kids Ministry Team
Stephanie Chase, Kids Minister
Becky Marshall, Preschool Minister
Annette Flores, Special Blessings
Brandy Christoph, Ministry Assistant
Kids Ministry Coordinator
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