This week we celebrate Easter. It feels early this year. Life has been hectic with a new baby, a growing business, and a myriad of good things that need addressed and cultivated. I’m extremely grateful during this season because the Lord has laid many fine things at my table. These powerful and beautiful gifts are a direct result of the worst suffering I’ve ever experienced.
As I reflected on God’s goodness and ability to bring beauty out of ashes, the thought crossed my mind that the worst thing Jesus suffered also turned into the best Gift that’s been given to human beings.
My Abba became one of us out of pure Love. He willingly chose to suffer the worst, so we could receive His best. Tyler Staton of Bridgetown Church says He is “A God Who bleeds. A God Who weeps. A God Who grieves. A God Who dies. God on a throne, sure. But, God on a Cross? Never. A God Who doesn’t suffer probably isn’t a God worth trusting. Because without the courage…to crawl down here into this world and feel the darkness and the helplessness that the rest of us feel, how could God be trusted; how could God be relatable? Without suffering, how could God help any of us cope with our suffering?” A God Who Suffers. (2022, March 11) Bridgetown Church. Staton, Tyler. YouTube.
God, as we celebrate Easter this Sunday. Thank You! Oh, that many would choose to seek Your Light in the darkness. May those Who know Jesus relationally and personally, share His Light and Love with a dark and suffering world. May Jesus followers be humble and authentic in their story and journey, telling others about You and what You’ve done to set us free. Free indeed! Amen.
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