Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone is in good spirits and spending time with loved ones; for me, The Faithful Nerd, this Easter was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. As a Christian, this day is always a profound day of remembrance and rejoicing, but I also didn’t expect to learn something entirely new about Jesus. It’s not a bad thing to learn new stuff about Jesus did on the cross—in fact I was kinda floored at what Jesus did and made me really thank Him today for what He did. I know this kind of lines more with Good Friday, but bare with me—it hit me today and made my reflection on Easter that more intimate and beautiful.
As my church and many other churches were looking at John 20:1-18, I was quietly reflecting on my Sunday lesson with the other adults. Our lesson booklet we were reading from took us to Matthew 27:45-54 when Jesus was entering His final hours of life. The skies went dark at high noon, and Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”, and we know what follows through after that and the curtain being torn in the temple. Of course I was paying attention to everything in the sermon, but I couldn’t help but have an epiphany of sorts about connecting dots in Scripture that made me take a step back and go, “Whoa God, this is crazy and amazing.” I saw something completely new in those words that I’ve seen time and time again.
We all know what Jesus did for you and me was something brutal, horrific, and utterly humiliating. We all know the horrible things Jesus physically endured for us to have a relationship with God, but He didn’t just go through the whips and torture for us. I don’t think we realize Jesus spiritually went through torture for us as well, and I don’t think a lot of us actually realize this. He went through and felt eternal separation from God, and that’s something that physical wounds can’t compare to although we can barely understand His physical suffering.
As He took upon the sins of mankind, He no longer became the spotless lamb. If we remember, people had to take a spotless, healthy animal to “place their sins” upon and kill it as a sacrifice to God for the forgiveness of sins. It was an Old Testament ritual people went through to be in the good graces of God, but that all changed when Jesus became that ritualistic offering, except this was the only conscious sacrifice that knew it wasn’t taking man’s sins symbolically into Himself. Jesus took upon that sin, and God saw His beloved son was becoming the catalyst for sin that displeases Him so; Jesus had to endure His Father’s wrath at the sins He was taking in, and God turned His back to Jesus because of the uncleanliness of it all. God had to because He’s 100% perfect and holy, and the sins of mankind were things He hated and sin, things unholy and imperfect, is what separates man from God. Jesus felt that separation from His Father as He became unclean, and Jesus cried out those words on the cross.
I was floored at realizing everything I just wrote, and I honestly wished I could’ve shared it with the group. I tend to talk a lot about my thoughts on things we go through in Scripture and our lessons as a whole, but this was a little tid-bit of personal reflection I kept to myself. I guess this was something I was meant to think about and have my eyes and heart open to Jesus just a bit more than they were when I entered church. It helped me make my worship time more sentimental than I thought it would, and yet another one of my inner pondering sessions has led me to looking at Jesus again and thanking Him for what He did and triumphed over for us all. “It is finished”—the victory call that bridged the gap between us and God for us to be with Him always for those that put their trust in Jesus Christ.
This is The Faithful Nerd, thanking Jesus for ending eternal separation from God by enduring it.
“Oh death, where is your sting? Oh death, where is your victory?”
1 Corinthians 15:5
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.Luke 24:46-47