To understand Easter and all it signifies, we must see how Jesus got there. It was among ridicule, verbal lashings, and cruel pain that he stood in the city of Jerusalem, betrayed by a friend. Jesus endured it all to make it to the cross.
Sometimes, we too must go through suffering and pain to find calmer days. It isn’t fair, but suffering is unavoidable. We too feel the real pains of the world in our lives and in the lives around us.
Jesus endured it all for us. He took humanity’s pain, suffering, and ultimately death on himself so that we could live in a new life. Even in his anguish, Jesus’ concern was for us and for our forgiveness.
So now on Easter Sunday morning, we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. Here, now, we sing and shout hallelujah and we rejoice that death could not hold him, that God’s promise was fulfilled.
The Lenten and Easter seasons show us that we will survive and surpass the ugliness and brokenness of this world.
This message is an excerpt from “Easter joy” by Ralen M. Robinson in the April 2019 issue of Cafe’s faith reflections.