I made a decision a few weeks ago, impromptu and spur of the moment, to have a break from blogging during Lent.
I wanted to spend more time with God – but I failed! I just ended up filling my time with other things rather than being quiet and focussed….
To some degree I am ashamed – but I am also not surprised.
I was reading through the Passion story this week – and what really stood out was how the disciples constantly underwhelmed….they argued, they fell asleep, they denied and betrayed….they weren’t exactly totally engaged when Jesus needed them.
They let him down – probably because they didn’t really get what was going on. Would Peter and the sons of Zebedee have fallen asleep in Gesthemene if they knew what was going to happen to Jesus the day after?
Well, yes, I think they probably would have, because they were human….
To some degree though, isn’t that what Lent is all about – recognising our humanity, accepting our fragility and failings, our need for salvation and redemption?
But Lent is over, and Easter is here. This is the night before Resurrection Day – Easter Sunday is tomorrow.
Last Easter I wrote about Resurrection Day:
“Today is the day when we remember that Jesus rose from the dead – death could not hold him, because there was nothing about him that deserved to die.
On Good Friday we remembered he was crucified, hung on a cross along side common criminals. Then after death laid in a borrowed tomb.
But on Sunday morning, the tomb is empty. The body is gone. Not stolen, but risen!
Death beaten. Sin conquered. Payment made.”
Payment has been made!
Made for people like me, and Peter and Judas, people who don’t focus, who don’t find time…who underwhelm and fail to understand what is going on….
I may fail, but thankfully He didn’t. I may underwhelm, but thankfully He doesn’t.
He paid because I couldn’t pay for myself. He rose so that I can live in Him.
And tomorrow, I am going to praise and worship Him because that’s what He deserves.
One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine