by Heather Pasley
I am convinced that I cannot convey what Easter means to me in words in black and white, as I have attempted to write something multiple times and it just comes out a jumbled mess. But isn’t that what our lives feel like most days….a jumbled mess? And yet each time I think about the sacrifice that Jesus made on that cross, and the pure torture He endured because of my sin and yours, there is a piece of my soul that is purely distraught while there is a piece that is purely elated! I step back and wonder, how can I have two such opposing feelings come out of an event I wasn’t even privy to attending? Then I looked over at my devotional for the day….
“ ‘And God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. 1 Corinthians 1:27’—In the history of God’s work you will nearly always find that it has started from the obscure, the unknown, the ignored, but the steadfastly true to Jesus Christ.”
So just as my thoughts and feeling are confounding to me, so is the history of God’s work!
I feel better! I am not alone! And so I dig a little deeper….God’s work started from the obscure and ignored but the true! He always used the oxymoron to confound the wise. Why? Because He wanted us to believe with our heart and soul and trust that His plan for salvation far exceeded our human capabilities! He knew it needed to be simple and not based on what you had or could do. However, what Jesus sacrificed for us was not simple. He carried the weight of the world’s sin, suffered enormous torture on that cross, and gave his life — the ultimate sacrifice — so that we could have a personal relationship through Him with our Heavenly Father. He washed away our sins and stood in our place. True Love. It was from one man who was innocent, born in a stable and raised by a Jewish carpenter, that our faith was made whole.
I am happy to be weak and not to be confounded! I am happy to be both distraught by His sacrifice and purely elated by His love all in one breath! I am true to Jesus Christ. This is what Easter means to me!