Today is Easter Sunday. On this day, over two thousand years ago, the women in the life of Jesus went to His tomb and found it empty. Jesus had risen from the dead.
I’ve never kept it a secret that I am a follower of Christ. I am open about my faith and my love for Jesus.
However, even I, despite a deep and strong faith, sometimes fail to comprehend the magnitude of what Jesus did for me. Logically, I get it. He died so I could be forgiven. Seems simple.
But it is so far from simple.
He didn’t just die so I can be forgiven and go to heaven.
He was betrayed by His friend and disciple.
He was arrested despite having done nothing wrong.
He was beaten mercilessly.
He was mocked by crowds and spit on.
A crown of thorns was placed on His head.
He was abandoned by everyone He trusted.
He was nailed, not hung, nailed to a cross.
Jesus suffered the most inhumane treatment imaginable. And He did it for me.
I know this truth every day, but it can be so overwhelming to think of what He did for us. I think that is why my mind sometimes chooses to think of His sacrifice more simply.
The reality of what He did for me brings me to my knees. I am left in awe of His love, and the knowledge that I don’t deserve it.
Yet He gives it freely.
Jesus came to save us, to free us. To free us from our sins; to free us from our darkness; to release the grasp Satan had on us. And He endured unimaginable pain to do it.
Because of Jesus, the chains of my depression that held me captive for many years, are removed. I spent years struggling, trying to control my disease. When I finally surrendered to Jesus, I was free. My chains broke instantly.
Jesus died for us over two thousand years ago. After that He could have said, “ok, my part is done.” But He rose from the dead and He continues to fight for us. Every. Single. Day.
How can any of us comprehend the magnitude of that kind of love?
So in those days when you feel so alone, so dark, so empty; in those days when it seems everyone has abandoned you, please remember – Jesus is with you. He will never abandoned you.
And He loves you so much that He sacrificed His life for you.