Easter: The Promise of Peace Through The Storm…
One of the beautiful things I love about Jesus Christ is the fact that while He was on earth, He was REALISTIC!!!! He actually was plain about what it takes to be His follower in truth and in spirit. There were no secrets with Him.
Jesus didn’t go through the districts of Jerusalem, Galilee or Judea preaching solely the beauty of Heaven, He was straight to the point about how narrow the way would be on the journey to the Kingdom (Matthew 7:14). To further prove my point, let’s take a look at Luke 9:57-58. This is a short story about a gentleman who fell in love with the awesomeness of Christ and volunteered to be His follower. I feel one of the thoughts that crossed through his mind would have been “if this Jesus could feed 5000 men excluding women and children with just five loaves of bread and two fishes, having twelve baskets of remnants, then what is a narrow road?” But what the gentleman failed to understand was that Jesus was not referring to the state of the streets leading to the Synagogue; Heaven’s business is not bedtime stories. Well, our King gave him a shocking reply, “And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” We do not know if our beloved brother resigned at the spot but what we are certain of is the Firmness of the Father with respect to His reality.
Sometimes, I wonder how it must have been for Christ to know the end from the beginning and still managed effortlessly to stay true/through the process. For three years, He made friends of sinners, He healed all manner of diseases, taught the scriptures passionately and left them astonished, loved unconditionally, practically lived on mountains like a poor man, experienced perfect hatred from leaders and keepers of the Law ( but brethren, How was it even comforting for them to accept Barabbas, a known murderer, to return to the community🤦🏽) yet in all these, He was WILLING to fulfill His Purpose- to die that I may Live😭
If you feel this was easy, my darling, go through the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The King was troubled and distressed, he prayed in tears and deep sorrow but you know the heart warming fact is that He maintained the desire to perfect the will of God as seen in John 3:17, “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him“. This is the Good News and I am glad to be a partaker of the eternal Redemption.
Easter, the celebration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is a beautiful reminder of how boundless God’s love for mankind is. Without doubts, God is a giver of many chances, a wholesome forgiver but a no nonsense disciplinarian (I am a living witness🤭).
The truth is that His banner over us is love no matter what we go through. Jesus didn’t say there would be no storms, sickness, trials, tribulations, tests, temptations, burdens, worries or anxieties, but He SINCERELY PROMISED to deliver us from them all, to be our shelter from the storm, shade from the heat, the stability of our times, our burden bearer, our peace, deliverer, shield, friend, lover, way, life, truth, to provide streams in wastelands, to be our favor if ONLY WE SURRENDER, TRUST AND OBEY.
May the blessings and lessons of this season light our paths till the end of time. Happy Easter Greatly Beloved, Death just lost its potency!!!💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
Till the next time,
Don’t forget you are loved!
PS: If you are in need of amazing songs to celebrate today, I recommend “IN CHRIST ALONE” by Natalie Grant and “WASN’T EASY” by Somto Odimegwu (http://smarturl.it/WasntEasy)