Which holiday do you prefer, Christmas or Easter?
This is one of those questions I have thought deep and long about.
Christmas and Easter are not stand alone, exclusive events.
They are fantastically intertwined expressions of God’s intervention into history. HiStory as God intended.
The reveal of God with us.
Loving us as one of us.
The Presence of God overwhelming Mary to create Jesus.
Fast forward 33 years, give or take a few days.
The criminal was passed over as Jesus was chosen to die in his place, on the cross, between two other criminals.
(Image by Ann Voskamp, http://www.aholyexperience.com)
Jesus took all we could never remove from ourselves, the stain of sin started in the original garden, faced it with a willingness to follow in the garden of His betrayal, took the blows intended for us, and remained on the cross out of His great love for US.
Despite the great physical, emotional and spiritual pain.
He alone took the weight of the world, and gave Himself up to death.
God for us.
Doing what we could not-
making things right between us again.
God did it for us.
Because He knew there was no other way.
He alone is and was and will always be the way.
The pain and anguish of Good Friday, where Jesus passed over to death.
The despair of silence.
Unsure what had happened.
Knowing something amazing did.
Not seeing the point yet.
The triumph of Sunday.
He rose, fully God and man.
Defeated the enemy.
Paid the price for all sin,
even though He did not take part in sinning.
The gift of Christmas, God with us,
became the gift of Easter, God for us.
If Jesus had never been born, we would never have had Easter.
Easter could not have happened without God coming down and doing for us what we could not do on our own.
HiStory changed us all forever.
You can’t have the new life, rebirth without His death.
Unwrapping Christmas leads to Calvary.
You can’t have the one without the other, without missing the point.
God so loved every single person who has, does and ever will exist that He gave the world the gift of His son, Jesus.
God with us.
So Jesus could do the work needed to bring us to God.
God for us.
It took His presence to be the present
we desperately needed to be free.