Behold the Man upon a cross
In the beautiful hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” Stuart Townend penned these words in the second verse… “Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders“.
One of the hardest things we can do is to watch someone, anyone, suffer. We go to great lengths and will try all kinds of things just to avoid that suffering for ourselves, or for our loved ones. Even when thinking about Jesus on the cross it can be very hard to think about, and yet how can we look away at this time of Easter? Not only can we not help but look, we are urged to look. Look at the One who came from the Father’s side in glory who came to forgive us of our sins and bring to us a sure hope of eternity with Him. Look at the One who endured so much pain and suffering because He loves us and wants to be with us.
And all we have to do is believe.
In 2015, through the work that Bible League Canada was able to do through our ministry partners, 603,448 people became followers of Christ. That is a staggering number! But think now about how sweet their Easter is this year, compared to all the years before. I’m sure they wouldn’t think about looking anywhere else but at the cross. A life transformed by the Living Word of God looks nowhwere else because that cross is where they know they are forgiven, and where they find hope.
Where are you looking this Easter? There are lots of things around to look at and most of them have nothing to do with the cross or the empty grave. Be reminded this Easter of all that was accomplished at the cross…for you…in love. Rejoice with the 603,448 new believers that we serve a risen Saviour who has overcome the world, conquered death and defeated sin.
“Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom“
Happy Easter indeed!