*Originally posted on Becoming Rooted*
Good Friday: the day that we remember the sacrifice that led to our redemption and the resurrection of our Savior. It’s really easy to get caught up with school work and family preparations for Easter and forget the significance of this moment, of this day thousands of years ago that changed our destiny forever. Have you thought about that before? The magnitude of the cross. The glory of it. A holy God becoming human, heaped with our shame and guilt and sin, who chose to die so that we would have life. What a story, what a reality that we get to live in FREEDOM because of our Savior’s sacrifice.
But sometimes it’s hard to live in freedom. It’s difficult to remember the “weight of glory” (2 Cor 4:17) that awaits us outside of our present circumstances. It’s easy to live in the bondage of shame when we had en enemy who wants us to feel defeated and forget the sacrifice that was made for us on the cross.
Ironically after listening to a church service about the triumph we have in Jesus on Sunday, I felt the weight of anxiety and shame all week long. I’m working through some things that have been buried for years, so it’s a painful process, but the enemy wanted me to feel discouraged, especially in light of the celebration that we remember this Easter weekend.
But earlier this week, I talked to my sister who’s away at college and she sent me 30 text messages full of Biblical truths and scripture. (Side note: it’s not weak to admit you need encouragement and to reach out to community. it’s strength. Make the phone call if you need a reminder. don’t try to go it alone.) I just wanted to share with you all the BEAUTY of redemption. Without the cross, we wouldn’t have it.
“You need Jesus. We all do. It is not a weakness to depend on Him-it is a blessing. There is freedom ONLY in believing in Jesus Christ. The good news is here-we are not defined by our past mistakes, hurt, pain, trouble, beliefs or relationships. We are not defined by our present sin struggles, convictions, fears, doubt, anxieties or thoughts. We are defined by our belief that says Jesus Christ is who He says He is. The belief makes us daughters of the King. Sinful, broken, beautiful daughters.”
Y’all, if that’s not beauty and grace and redemption, then I don’t know what is. I just wanted to encourage you today to remember the chains of guilt and shame and sin have fallen because we have a Savior who took our place on the cross. I hope you rest in that truth today. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve fallen. Trust Him until the end.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!