I love this time of year because we celebrate the greatest sacrifice and miracle, ever known to man.
But it didn’t feel that way on Friday, when Jesus suffered the worst way to die. Furthermore, He was innocent, but He took our place because we were guilty. This act of love changed the trajectory of humanity with the ability to be forgiven of all our sin and be to made right with God.
But it didn’t look like that was happening, when Jesus was being mutilated beyond recognition. The punishment He took was seen physically, but it was doing something spiritually.
He was making a way for our wrong acts to be forgiven. For our inner learnings to be cleansed, for our sicknesses to be healed and for our minds to be at peace. All of this was happening as people looked on with horror at what they did to Jesus.
Isaiah 53:4-5 says this about Friday’s event,
“4. Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! 5. But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”Isaiah 53:4-5
But this was Friday, and in a couple of days, everything changed. Sunday’s Miracle was coming and from it, lives would change and thus, the world would change.
On Sunday morning, Jesus was raised from the dead. In doing so, He defeated death, hell and the grave. He stripped our enemy powerless and embarrassed him in front of the hordes of hell and in front of the army of heaven.
This is Sunday’s Miracle, and if it stopped there, it would be enough. But something else happened.
In His resurrection, His body was healed and transformed. Meaning, all of the bruises and mutilation that He received, were gone. The only evidence of the beating that stayed, were the scars in His hands, feet and side.
This is what John 20:25 and 27 says,
“25. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in His side.”John 20:25
“27. Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”John 20:27
Notice, Thomas could physically touch Him and because he saw and felt the wounds, he believed.
This part of Sunday’s Miracle connects to us because, no matter what we go through at any level, His power can heal us. In fact, when He heals our lives, the scars that caused us so much pain, are now the sign of His glory and moreover, the pain is gone.
This is what Jesus can do!
There’s no doubt in my mind, all of us have been through something; however, whatever that is, Jesus can do something about it.
He can heal, restore, make new, transform and remove the pain from our scars, leaving them to reflect His power.
Only Jesus can do this. Only Jesus can redeem like this. Only Jesus can make us new like this because, Jesus went through this himself.
Think about that!
He can do it because we went through it. He can do it because He experienced it and He can do it because He defeated it!
Come on now.
This is why we worship Him. This is why we give our lives to Him. This is why, we give our pain to Him.
What can Jesus heal in your life today?
No matter what it is, He can do it. Sunday’s Miracle is our miracle and Jesus can do the impossible. So, this Easter, reach up and believe. Your darkest moment and most painful scar, can be the very thing, that shines the brightest for Jesus.
This is what happened on Sunday for Jesus and this is what can happen for you too.
May this be the best Easter you’ve ever had and may you have a Sunday’s Miracle!
Love you and the best is yet to come.