From the Cradle to the Empty Grave
The season of Lent is one of thoughtful reflection. During this time of the church year, Christians ponder the unfolding events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion: His triumphal march into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; His words of warning about the events to come; His sham trial, brutal scourging, and horrific crucifixion. No day could seem darker – nothing more calamitous than the sacrifice of God’s own Beloved Son. And yet, there we find the beauty and mystery of our faith: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Taken from the cross, the lifeless form of Jesus was placed in a borrowed tomb. The world thought the ordeal was done, and the savagery it had witnessed just a part of history. But God’s work wasn’t complete. Three days later, out of a sealed and guarded tomb, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to many before He ascended to be with the Father. And with that, humanity is redeemed through the blood of Christ.
Lent is when we turn our eyes to the cross. It is there where Jesus, the sinless Son of God, suffered the indignity and pain of dying for each one of us. And it is there where God’s Beloved Son gave His all to secure salvation and life everlasting for all who call Him Savior.
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