As Ressurection Sunday approaches, our hearts are filled with gratitude for Jesus’s great sacrifice on the cross. In the ultimate act of love, Jesus gave His life so our sins could be forgiven and we may have eternal life.
As we enter Holy Week and plan to celebrate the resurrection, let us also prepare our hearts. Be mindful of the significance and hope of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how it has transformed our lives.
Jesus understands our trials, and He is acquainted with our sufferings. As we reflect on the events leading up to His death, we are reminded of the pain and suffering that Jesus endured. He was beaten, mocked, and ultimately crucified, all for the sake of our redemption.
As seen in Matthew 27:27-31 (ESV),
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.”
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are the cornerstone of our Christian faith, but it is also one of the most significant events in human history. Through His death, He conquered sin and death and rose from the dead on the third day. It is truly the most extraordinary story ever told, and this triumphant story has the power to inspire and transform lives.
The death of Jesus on the cross is a symbol of sacrifice and selflessness. It is a reminder that true love requires sacrifice and that the greatest act of love is to lay down one’s life for another. As seen in John 15:13 (ESV), “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s a reminder that love isn’t just about words; it’s about actions and putting others before ourselves. Jesus showed us what that kind of love looks like by laying down His life for us.
The death of Jesus on the cross also marked the end of the Old Testament era and the beginning of the New Testament era. It was a pivotal moment in human history, changing the world forever. Jesus laid down His life, overcoming death once and for all. What a glorious victory! We are not just forgiven; because of His sacrifice, we are also set free. No longer slaves to sin, we have been given a new life in Christ.
The burial of Jesus was a moment of great sadness and grief for His disciples. They had hoped that Jesus would be the one to deliver them from the oppressive Roman Empire, and they were devastated by His death. But even amid their grief, they held onto their faith and believed that God would somehow bring good out of this tragedy.
The burial of Jesus is a symbol of hope and faith. It is a reminder that even in the darkest moments of life, there is always hope. Even in the darkest moments of life, when things seem hopeless, there is always a glimmer of hope.
The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of triumph and victory. It is a reminder that even death is not the end. The resurrection of Jesus shows the power of God to overcome even the greatest of obstacles, and it is a reminder that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
Take time this week to meditate on the incredible gift of the sacrifice Jesus gave us:
- We have been saved by grace through faith.
- We have been given a hope that surpasses all understanding and a love that will never fade away.
- His suffering and death provided a path for our salvation and redemption.
Enter Holy Week with humble hearts, reflecting upon His life and the ultimate freedom from sin that was won through the crucifixion. May each of us be filled with joy, knowing we have been given eternal life because of Him!
May we be inspired by the sacrifice and love of Jesus, and may we live our lives in a way that honors him. Let us celebrate the risen Christ with joy and thanksgiving and share the good news of His resurrection with those around us.
Happy Easter, dear friends. May the hope and joy of this season fill your hearts and minds, now and always.
Misty Phillip is a Co-Founder of Spark Media, alongside her husband, where they equip and empower Christian Podcasters. Together they host the Spark Influence Podcast. They’ve been married for almost three decades and have three grown boys.
Misty is a sought-after inspirational speaker and the author of the award-winning Bible Study: The Struggle is Real: But so is God, and the host of the popular By His Grace Podcast.