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Turning our attention to Jesus this Easter season

A scene of that Good Friday sculpted in the sand at Ocean City, MD
A scene of that Good Friday sculpted in the sand at Ocean City, MD
Photo by Monica I. Johnson

Easter is not a celebration of spring or a time to buy new outfits and candy. It’s a time to recognize the burden that Christ bore and overcame for His children. Can you imagine living the final week of your life knowing exactly what kind of torture you would endure? Can you imagine being of sound mind to understand that every slap, spit on your face, whip on your back, tear of your skin and nail driven into your body would be a just punishment for sin—and not your sin but the sins of the world. Who could have handled this besides God?

The scripture says: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8) We had no merit to warrant Jesus making such a sacrifice, but He did it anyway. He did it to redeem His Father’s creation and so we would be able to live with Him eternally. Heaven isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who believe that Jesus is the Christ and submit their lives to Him because of it. We owe Him everything. So why would we give glory to an Easter bunny or to our own Easter wardrobe or to ourselves for that matter. Let us exalt God this holiday season. Let’s lift up the name of Jesus the Lord!

This Holy week is a sober time. It’s a time of reflection, and a time to understand that Jesus’ sacrifice was real. If you don’t belong to Jesus, ask God to reveal Himself to you and repent of your sins so you too can be covered under His ever-flowing blood. Only His blood is holy enough to purify and cover your sins. You need His covering. Jesus is holy and his disciples (his followers) are to be holy as well. Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness, no man will be able to see the Lord so turn your attention to Jesus this Holy week and Resurrection Sunday and remember that because He died, rose and lives, we are saved.