Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. I grew up in a Christian family, so these holidays were always a big deal. For me, Easter was never about the Easter Bunny, candy, decorating eggs, or egg hunts; instead, it was about the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for the world.
As a kid, I knew of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but it was just a story. I never thought anything of it because I didn’t realize what that story is all about. It wasn’t until I got older that I understood why Good Friday and Easter is so important.
The sacrifice that was made is something that I don’t take lightly. God loved His people so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus carried the weight of our sins and died on the cross so that we could live. It was because of this love and sacrifice that I know what true, unconditional love is.
When I look back on all that’s happened in my life and everything I’ve done, good and bad, I don’t understand how I’ve still been blessed with so many amazing people in my life and an extraordinary God who loves me regardless of my past. I don’t deserve anything I’ve been given, but God continues to bless me anyway.
For so long, I was lost. I tried to do things on my own and resented God for taking away people and things that I wanted to keep in my life. What I failed to realize then was that God wasn’t punishing me, but instead He was preparing me for what He has in store. As I’ve grown closer to God, I’ve been able to see and experience His love more and more. He’s changing me from the inside out and making my heart look more like His and less like this world.
I am so thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ has made and I’ll never be able to repay Him for all that He’s done. He didn’t have to carry the weight of the world on His shoulders. He didn’t have to suffer. He didn’t have to die for us. — But He did.
As you celebrate Good Friday and Easter this weekend, remember the real reason for these holidays.
He died for us, the least we can do is live for Him.