The Bible – Week Five: From Darkness to Light
There was something about watching the very first Easter unfold on my television set this year that made this Easter a little more special. Even though I wasn’t looking forward to seeing the blood and violence present in the crucifixion of Christ, I also knew that if not for that blood, nothing else would matter.
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I have to divert my eyes even when shows like CSI are on, so the crucifixion is always hard for me to watch. I don’t like watching it in movies, on TV, or in church productions. It makes me cringe, it causes me to shutter, and I usually end up crying.
But when I think about what Jesus did for me on that cross, I realize that the least I can do is make myself watch. And every time that I do, God shows me something more. Something deeper. Something personal.
This time, one particular detail jumped out at me and hasn’t left me since. In the show, when they finally got to Golgotha, Jesus fell to the ground and the cross thundered down beside him.
Then, he pulled himself up and crawled over to the cross.
He crawled TOWARDS the cross. Not away from it.
That little detail meant more to me than anything else this Easter. Because of this small detail that some director in Hollywood chose to include in the TV show, I was reminded that Jesus’ death on the cross was voluntary.
I’ve known that forever, of course, but to be reminded of it in such a tangible way renewed my faith and warmed my heart.
Jesus was determined to die on the cross. He knew that it must be done in order for our sins to be forgiven, and so he chose to endure the beatings, endure the humiliation, endure the pain, and endure the loneliness all so that we wouldn’t have to.
The weight that I feel in response to that is so strong, I can’t even articulate it. To say, “Thank you,” seems inadequate.
Theme – From Darkness to Light
It’s easy to get tricked into believing that you have to DO something to earn your salvation. I mean, it can’t be that easy, can it? Just accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and that’s it? Surely there’s more…
But there’s not more, and it is that easy.
Salvation is not Jesus +[something]. Salvation is just Jesus. It’s not Jesus + baptism or Jesus + perfection or Jesus + works. To suggest that anything else is necessary is to suggest that Jesus couldn’t get the job done himself.
So how do we give thanks for salvation when “Thank you” seems inadequate?
Two ways: 1. by living a life worthy of our calling. And 2) by being a light in this dark world.
Discussion (answer one or more in the comments)
Thank you so much for joining me in this awesome series! I enjoyed it so much! I’ll be writing one final post about this on Thursday to give my thoughts about the series as a whole, but I hope to hear yours as well! See you then!