As we sit in the silence of the tomb, the echoes of the previous day remain in our ears. The sounds of the nails being driven into the cross, the cries of pain. The jeers of those gathered and the cries of his followers. We sit in the darkness of the tomb straining to hear any sounds that would give us comfort to know that he is not gone.
The only sound we hear is silence, our breath even seems to make little noise as we wait. He told us that the Son of man would die for us, but we did not know what that would mean. We did not understand the horror we would witness. We did not understand the pain that was endured because of us.
Now we sit, in the quiet looking waiting for the smallest noise that would let us know he was still with us. Yet there is nothing but the silence, and darkness.
He gave His life, his broken body, his blood flowed in torrents from the cross, until He gave Himself up to our Father.
Now we sit in silence, in darkness that we may better understand the light that is to come.
As we reflect on what has happened, let us wait in joyful hope for what is to come from the silent darkness of His tomb. Will you sit with us as we wait for the morning to rise?
What is happening today?
Millenia ago on this day. The real cost of salvation was witnessed. The true cost of salvation was shown to the world. The real sight of Christ on the cross, gave witness to the horrors that would await us because of our sin. In a single moment in time, Jesus was given up as the sacrificial lamb. Beaten and broken, bloody and worn. On the cross he spilled his blood on the altar of atonement for all who choose to follow him. Remember what happened today, remember what the cost of your salvation is, never forget how much was placed on the altar of atonement, for your sins to be forgiven.
There are times when we can become complacent in our lives because we believe that we have been given a free pass to behave a we chose to. There are also times where we look to assign blame to someone, or something else.
Both views seem to fit our need to distract fault from ourselves, to not understand our own faults or short comings.
Today, we celebrate Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem, an act that would set into motion events that would change the world forever. I believe that at times we loose sight of the cost of our salvation was. Jesus betrayed, denied by his closet friend’s, beaten and broken. Taking the whole weight of sin on his out stretched arms on the cross and dyeing for those sins.
As we enter Easter week, let us understand what has happened for us, and let us understand that while saved we still must act as Jesus commanded us. While saved we should not assign blame for our sins and short comings to, he who was cast out of heaven.
As Easter approaches let us take time to look at our lives, to see if we are living as Jesus taught us. Let us look at the path we are walking, that we may, enter in to heaven with Christ. Let us look at what we have done that may still be displeasing to God. Though saved, we must all walk the path Christ laid for us. We should own any thing we have done that is displeasing to God. We must never become willing to assign blame for us trespasses, but accept our short comings learn from them, ask for forgiveness, that we may continue the path Christ made for us.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Pastor Lisa Chachula