Even Jesus felt heaviness.
Before He was crucified, He knew what was coming. He knew the cross was near and He knew that it was the only way, and still, He felt angst about it. Still, He prayed fervently that God would release Him of the weight.
Because He understood the promise that awaited. He understood the responsibility. He understood exactly what and exactly who He was dying for.
The cross is born out of temptation and weighted with every indignity of humankind, and still, Jesus bore it. He was beaten and taunted and still, He carried it. He was mocked and tortured and still, He held it’s weight. He was stabbed and pierced and still, He stayed steady. He was innocent, being killed for sins He hadn’t committed and still, He chose death.
The cross enabled Jesus to go down into Hell and proclaim liberty to the lost. It allowed Jesus an opportunity to take back all the keys, to release all the captives from imprisonment, and made it possible for us to have a Way where there wasn’t a Way before. By His stripes, we are healed.
The cross made us alive. The ultimate trade, the definitive revealing of His love for us: His life for ours. It’s as simple as that. The creator of the Heavens and the Earth is so madly in love with us that He chose us over Himself. He so badly wants relationship with us that He chose our lives over His own.
Easter is far more than one day in the history of the world. Instead, Easter is the pinnacle of God’s heart for His people. It’s the beginning of Peace. Easter is our reason to Love, our reason to dance, to pray, to worship. It’s the resurrection of our chance at a relationship with the God who came, walked our broken world, came face to face with our ugliness, and still chose to die so that we may be saved.
“Justice miscarried, and he was led off.
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.
Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch,
because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
he took up the cause of all the black sheep.”
-Isaiah 53:8, 10-12