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Are We Stunned and Astonished?

I ran across these words from one of my favorite books below and wanted to share it with you as we approach Good Friday and Easter:

  “For our sake,” Paul wrote, “he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  Think about it. This means that sinners who deserve crucifixion instead get the reward that perfection deserves. We get it at God’s expense, and there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn or repay this exchange. This should stun us! It should astonish us! Most importantly, it should deeply and profoundly humble us.
  Nothing but a sacrifice of infinite value, God himself, can atone for our offenses. In addition, no one but an infinite Being is capable of suffering sufficiently to atone for infinite offenses against an infinitely holy God.
  That is why Jesus had to be God. A human sacrifice could not get the job done.(1)

Are we stunned and astonished by these words?

Do we really understand the magnitude of what Jesus did for us on the cross?

Do we feel humbled by the depth of this gift we were given and do not deserve?

Does gratitude bubble up in our hearts until we can’t contain it?

“Gratitude is a password into our awareness of the presence of God.”
– E. James Wilder

I love this quote because I think it is key (along with humility) when it comes to thanking God for the gifts of Good Friday and Easter. When our hearts respond with deep gratitude for the gifts we have received (by God’s grace), it ushers us into the presence of God - where we can experience deep joy and be reminded of the amazing love of our Father.

I’m SO thankful that He is risen!

I think of the song by Jeremy Camp that says, “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us”(2) (see Romans 8:11 and Ephesians 1:19-20). Not only did Jesus die for our sins and give us the gift of eternal life, He gave believers the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us! Amazing.

My prayer is that our hearts will be filled with a mix of mourning and humility as we ponder Good Friday, but then deep gratitude and joy (no matter our circumstances) as we think about the empty tomb…

Praise God for the hope He has given us through Jesus Christ! Praise God for His amazing gift of grace!

Are we stunned and astonished?


Sources:
(1) – “Gospel-Powered Parenting,” by William P. Farley. 2009: P&R Publishing Company; Phillipsburg, NJ. Pg. 90, 94.
(2) – song quote from Jeremy Camp: “Same Power.” (Album, I Will Follow).

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