But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
This week is a holy week. It can be easy to forget, what with the world being consumed with the current pandemic. But this week—Holy Week—the sacred season of Lent is drawing to a close. The cross is almost in sight, the empty tomb just around the corner.
In fact, the events we remember in Holy Week have a lot to teach us at this time. As news hits us each day of frightening statistics and of struggling economies, it can be hard to see hope. As we’re confronted with the reality of our human frailty, the darkness can sometimes seem to suffocate any flicker of light.
How true this was for Jesus’ friends who watched Him hanging on a cross. How real the darkness must have felt at the sight of their Teacher and their Friend with thick iron nails driven through His hands and feet, chest rattling as He laboured for each breath. As life slowly ebbed from the Source of life, darkness fell as heaven mourned for the Word made flesh.
Yet even in the darkest moment of human history, three words give hope: “It is finished.”
These words suddenly bring a whole new perspective on the event. Through these words, the first pinpricks of light pierce the darkness. This horrific moment has achieved something far greater than anything Jesus’ friends could have imagined.
God has worked the very worst situation for good.
The proof comes on Sunday. The glimmer of light these words brought now bursts forth from the empty tomb. The enemy thought he had won the ultimate victory but God has the ultimate victory through the resurrection of Jesus. Death could not hold Him, and now thanks to Jesus it can’t hold us either! What good news!
The situation we find ourselves in is bringing fear, loneliness and grief for many people. Yet in this darkness we’re seeing light break through. CO2 levels have dropped, wildlife is returning to populated areas, governments are caring for their most vulnerable and people are loving their neighbours in radical and costly ways.
This week as you look to celebrate Easter in a world that may look bleak and dark, be encouraged by the season you celebrate; Jesus is living proof that God brings good out of even the worst situations. If He can bring Easter Sunday out of Good Friday, how much more can He work this situation for good!
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