One of my very favorite definitions of love is that “Love is what two people go through with together.”
As we participate in the rituals of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, I am reminded of that definition because of what God seeks to tell the world through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On Maundy Thursday we remember the fact that Jesus participated in a special meal with his disciples and taught them the importance of servant leadership as he washed their feet. On Good Friday, we are reminded of the horrible way in which Jesus died of asphyxiation when crucified. Then comes Easter Sunday when we speak and sing of the glorious resurrection of Christ.
The crucifixion reminds us that God’s love is a love that goes to hell and back with us. Or, to put it another way, the crucified Lord reminds us that God in Christ is willing to go through anything with us. The resurrection reminds us that nothing, not even death, can take that redemptive and transformative love away from us.
During this week and then on Easter Sunday, may we remember in new and meaningful ways that God loves us in more ways than we could ever imagine! Christ is indeed risen and the love God has for us is here to stay with us and sustain us through “the good, the bad and the ugly!”
“He is risen!”
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:54 AM EDT