/ Week 15 /
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. – Matthew 27:50
What comes in your mind when you hear the word death?
Does it mean it’s the end of everything? or the final stage of sickness? one’s being unworthy of living?
Two thousand years ago, Jesus died on the cross to realize the will of the Father.
But when Jesus, fully man and fully God, died in the afternoon of that sorrowful Friday, the definition of death has been reversed. It meant victory, love, and life that is full.
It was a promise that has been fulfilled.
The way of its fulfillment may have been bloody, painful, and extremely “inappropriate”, but the Father has a beautiful plan — a plan that He is yet to reveal three days after.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. – John 3:16
I attended the Feast Retreat today at MOA Arena. One of the messages that really hit me hard is this:
The grave is necessary for the resurrection to happen” – Bo Sanchez
Every day, we die. Every day, we are being buried in our graves.
We die to ourselves and to the world when we decide to follow Jesus and take up His cross with Him.
We die when we forgive others.
We die when we realize that anger is not the solution to a problem.
We die when we give up something unnecessary that has been exhausting us so badly.
We die when we choose to become generous rather than keeping the blessings to ourselves.
We die when we keep ourselves from sinning.
Yes, these are hard to do, but these are all signs of dying because they entail sacrifice.
When Jesus died on the cross, it was the greatest sacrifice the world has ever known. It was the kind of sacrifice that has been brought about by sheer love.
What is that something in your life that you want to die from? What is that grave in your life where you want to be raised from, so you can experience the fullness of life?
This Good Friday, we are being reminded that Jesus’ death is the greatest expression of our Father’s love.
Just like Jesus, we all undergo our own passion. We have our own calvary. We have our own crosses to bear. We all die. These are our challenges, problems, worries, or anything that dries up our spirit.
But we are assured that three days after, Jesus will be raised to life.
God will never leave us hanging. He will never leave us empty.
He knows when we need life again. Just as how he raised His son on the third day, He will also raise us up from our grave and give us life that is truly worth living.
When I see that cross, I see freedom
When I see that grave, I’ll see Jesus
And from death to life, I will sing Your praise
In the wonder of Your grace