And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28: 5-6 (KJV)
This past weekend I’ve experienced many different emotions as Resurrection Day approached. I woke up Sunday excited. I smiled and whispered to myself, “He has risen!” I quickly then found myself crying tears of gratefulness for His bountiful sacrifice, and only moments ago, tears of sadness regarding all He endured.
Tonight, The History Channel aired “The Bible” movie and I engrossed myself in one of the clips where Jesus was being beaten. After two lashes with a whip, my face was covered in tears. I had enough of watching Him endure that, and just when I was going to change the channel, a still small voice said, “Keep watching, He’s had enough too.” It’s not just a story…this is my history. I could only imagine how much physical and emotional pain He went through for you and I. Just thinking about the greatest pain I’ve ever felt and the worst circumstances I’ve ever experienced and knowing that He’s got me beat, and easily is a heavy thought!
As I watched My Savior, my heart hurt. My heart hurt so badly. It was so difficult to sit there and watch my innocent loved one (on a television screen, let alone in person!) being tormented, bruised, beaten, and nailed – no anesthetics, and all for an undeserving me. Everything in me wanted to get up and run towards him. Everything in me wanted to fess up and say I’m sorry. Everything in me wanted to yell, “It wasn’t Him, It was me!”.
I’m still very emotional after watching, but that will pass – I just hope and pray that I’m forever sensitive. The Holy Spirit reminded me of a song called “Amazing Grace”. Definitely far from making it on my favorites list ha, but after listening this time, I have a new-found appreciation. This is what those people were singing about! That goes to show that, until you know what something means, something will mean nothing.
So, Happy Easter…Resurrection Day…Sunday…31st…whatever! It doesn’t matter what we call it, as long as we know what it means :). Love you.