As a kid, I was pretty confused about what was good about Good Friday. There was a lot of talk about Jesus being betrayed, whipped and then killed on a cross. As I’ve grown in my faith, I understand that Good Friday is Good because it’s a rescue story; it’s Good because three days later, Jesus had conquered death. As much I appreciate the sobriety of Good Friday, I know that this story has a very happy ending. After the seriousness of Lent, Easter is a time to rejoice in new life.
So, to celebrate the joy of Easter and Tim’s book launch, we’re giving away two copies of his ebook to…..
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As I thought about what I wanted to share about Easter, I basically re-wrote this post. So instead of actually re-writing it, I thought I’d just re-post it.
Healed (Posted April 2012)
This is my first Easter after visiting Jerusalem. It’s incredible to hear the account read and to remember the very twisted lanes of Jerusalem through which Jesus carried His cross, the stones laid two millennia ago and the quiet garden where the tomb might have been.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.”
– Isaiah 53:7-8
“After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him…And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit…When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”” -Matthew 27: 31, 51, 54
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
A possible site of the tomb and resurrection
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” -Isaiah 53: 5 (Emphasis added)
So grateful to have the time and space to reflect this this weekend to reflect
on the gift of boundless healing and the love of my saviour.
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!