So amazing are the times and seasons of life. Every day we can be certain of life and death, whether it is people, animals or grass and trees, some are destined to be born that day, and some to die that same day. And in each case, God, in His infinite wisdom, allows this for a greater purpose.
Births, whether they are human or animal, even plants, are considered happy occasions, while death, whether it is human or not, is considered a sad occasion. Often, mourning lasts a whole lot longer than happiness for a child’s birth. Once that child begins to grow, and faces sickness, colds, crying spells, temper tantrums, etc., the joys of being new parents begins to diminish. The parents are still happy, but not with the intensity of the birth of a new baby. Not so with death. Death causes regret, fear, sadness, depression and despair causing a void that seems it can’t be filled.
The death of our Lord Jesus Christ was for a much greater purpose than those of that day understood. Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13 NKJV) Peter, declaring who Jesus was said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God“. Peter understood who Jesus was by revelation from God, but he didn’t understand Jesus’ purpose. When Jesus foretold of the things he would suffer, the disciples said nothing, just pondered the sayings in their hearts. But, when Jesus, began to show His disciples that going through Jerusalem was necessary for the purpose for which He came into the world, with sufferings, scourgings and death, Peter took Jesus aside and said, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” (Matthew 16:21-22 NKJV) Many of us, having walked with the Lord as Peter did, would have done the same thing, thinking we were protecting Jesus, but Jesus understood that if those things didn’t take place, all humanity would be lost! So, Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men“. (Matthew 16:23 NKJV)
What would have happened if Jesus didn’t go to the cross for our sins? What if, while Jesus was on the cross, He decided mankind wasn’t worthy of His shed blood? While what happened to Jesus was horrible, it served a greater purpose for even those who inflicted pain and then killed our Lord. Jesus’s crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection have proven to be so amazing an opportunity for mankind. Think about it. Could you stand being beaten, a crown of thorns pressed into your skull, being pierced in your side, spikes driven in the flesh and bones of your hands and feet, and after all of that, to go to hell? I think not! God’s love for mankind was so amazing that Jesus came and was obedient to His Father and endured all of that so that mankind could have a right to eternal life. So amazing!
So, during the Easter season and all times in between, let us remember that we are here because of God’s love for us and the grace of our Lord Jesus. Try to understand that everything we experience in life is for our greater good, although at the time it doesn’t seem that way. And when you struggle to remember that there is a lesson and a renewed strength from our trials, remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us.