This is a joyous time for all in Christ because of God’s amazing love for us, demonstrated by His Son who was crucified for our transgressions, buried, and raised up so that we may have real life and hope in His Name. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow – and the challenges of today!
The prophecy of Isaiah over 2700 years ago painfully yet gloriously portrays for us that God's love is boundless and His grace is sufficient for our eternal lives, taking away the sting of sin and death.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
(Isaiah 53:4-12 ESV)
After absorbing this astounding passage, we are reminded of a story that illustrates Christ and His substitution for us, taking our punishment on Himself.
A little girl was playing in the garden and disturbed a bee. The bee chased her, but her older brother, seeing that something was wrong, rushed out of the house, and she ran into his arms. The bee didn't give up, and the next moment there was a grunt of pain, and she felt her brother tense up around her. The bee had stung him. But the little girl was safe because the bee’s sting was spent – it couldn’t sting again.
On the cross, Jesus took the sting of God's judgment for us. If we run into his arms, we are safe forever! Hallelujah, what a Savior!
"Oh death, where is your sting?"
All of us at Minnesota Family Council thank you for your prayers and support.
May you have a blessed Easter and forever know God's boundless love in our risen Savior, Jesus Christ!