Last Sunday at church our pastor challenged us to spend time this week preparing our hearts for the Celebration that was coming on Easter Sunday. I've been thinking a lot about part of a post I wrote a few years ago when my mom was in the hospital.
"Though this week has been hard, it has brought some perspective for me. I was reminded by John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God loved the sinner so much that He sent His own Son to die for our sins. I never understood the painful sacrifice that God and Jesus made when they decided that was the only payment able to be made for the sin of the world. I watch my mom, try to comfort her, imagine her thoughts, her fears. God did the very same thing during His Son's last few days as part of this world. And then He watched as His Son took our sin on His shoulders."
It was during that time that I really began to grasp the price that Christ paid for my sins and how much God loved me, that He would send His perfect Son to cover my sins. I pray that you would know the love that is reflected in that great sacrifice as we celebrate Easter this weekend.
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. - 1 Peter 23-25