I have had a heavy heart this week, listening to conversations go on around me. People either being completely negative about having to attend the one church service that they will attend this year and making stabs at the foundation of what we are supposed to be celebrating, or people completely wrapped up with the consumerism of this holiday- egg hunt after egg hunt, lengthy conversations about the outfits they have purchased for the family photo op, debates over what to get for the Easter baskets. I barely heard Jesus at all. Maybe a "He has risen" shout out, at best.
Its death and its supernatural and its weird and not easy to talk about. Especially with your children, in which leaning more heavily on cute bunnies and candy comes much more naturally and easily. And who doesn't love a nice new outfit (I sure do) and looking good and getting complimented on how adorable your children are? Also far more natural to enjoy then remembering a horrible, violent part of history and attempting to seeing beauty in it all. Someone died for me. He paid my penalty and set me free and I just kind of give Him a nod thanks, and keep living my life.
I feel like the problem is we don't truly believe we need to be saved. We don't think we are that bad. We weight good and bad on our own moral scales and for most of us, to the common eye, our scales would look heavily tipped towards good. So its hard for us to grasp ourselves through Gods eye, who has a much higher standard for us then we do for ourselves. An impossible standard that makes us feel like God is unreasonable so we ignore His presence and convictions because its too much. We fool ourselves into thinking God is bad or just non existent, after all, look at all the horrible terrible He allows to happen in the world He created and then He makes it impossible for us to meet His ridiculous standards?
From beginning to end, the Bible is a love story. And the resurrection is the climax of the whole thing. Yes, it is impossible for us to live to the perfect standards of a perfect God. But He loved us too much to let us just fail, He loved us too much to just cruelly watch us fail. Instead, He extended grace, He took the punishment for all so that the path to Him would once again be available for us. He does not ask for us to be perfect, just to rest in the One who is. And to trust that He has both the small and big picture in control.
// Jesus said to her, " I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? // John 11:25, 26