Reading: John 19
It’s almost the start of the Easter weekend. I wonder what you have planned? Maybe just enjoying some extra days off, family time, egg hunts, gardening, roast dinner, consuming far too many Easter eggs?
Don’t get me wrong, I love all of this, especially the chocolate, but Easter is about so much more.
This weekend is what it is all about, why Jesus came to earth, the basis of the Christian faith!
Today we read what happened on the day we now know as Good Friday. This chapter is not for the faint hearted as we see Jesus beaten, stripped, mocked, made to wear a piercingly painful crown of thorns, horrifically nailed to a cross and eventually die. Why did Jesus go through such torture? The answer is He did it for you! Even if you were the last person on earth, Jesus still would have died for you, He loves you that much! This is why God sent Him to Earth, born to die so that we may live in relationship with Father God!
If you are new to the Christian faith, you may not realise that before Jesus died we couldn’t access God. Sin caused a barrier between us and God, but Jesus, who had never sinned himself, came to take the punishment for all our sin, past, present and future.
Colossians 1:21-23 explains it.
“You were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body. As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”
Our sin put Jesus on this cross. He was faultless, blameless, He was perfect! Jesus died for us so that our past no longer defines us, sin no longer holds us, hurt no longer cripples us. What Jesus did on the cross means our sins are forgiven, we can experience true love, have a personal relationship with God, live in freedom, live as a new creation as well as experiencing eternal life.
Colossians tells us to continue to believe this truth and stand it firmly. Sometimes it’s easy to drift away and not live fully in the truth and freedom Jesus bought us. Sometimes we allow lies like these to run through our heads. I’m not really forgiven, not really loved. I am not good enough, look what I have done. God can’t use me, He won’t have a plan for me.
Maybe you’ve had these thoughts or maybe you feel like you are caught in a cycle of worry, stress, fear or depression. Maybe you struggle with self-worth, illness, unforgiveness, you lack purpose, you’re simply overwhelmed. Jesus has freed us from all of this, He wants us to experience life in all its fullness, but it’s a daily choice to stand firm and continue to live in freedom. Our position in Christ never changes; what changes is our understanding.
Are you fully living in the freedom Jesus bought for you?
Are you standing firmly in the truth or have you drifted?
We need to understand who we are in Christ and the best way to do that is to continue to read and know his Word!
We’re almost at the end of this Bible reading challenge but don’t let it be the end of your Bible reading.
Every time you open the Bible you’re filled again with truth! Truth like:
- You are loved
- You are forgiven
- You are accepted
- You have a purpose
- You are good enough
- You are God’s work of art
- You can do all things in God’s strength
If you’re reading your Bible daily, reminding yourself of truth it’s almost impossible not to live in freedom because when you know the truth, the truth will set you free!
Contributed by Ps Sophie