Day 20 of 40 Days of Grace – There Wasn’t Another Way
Day 20 – Grace. Life. Sacrifice. Redemption. Death . . . and eternity. All of these things sat heavily on my heart as Easter approached. Two people I knew had passed away the same day that week, after long battles with cancer. Both of them were believers. One was an acquaintance whom I’d met years ago and impressed me with how full of life and joy she seemed. I didn’t know her well.
The other woman who had passed was a friend, someone I wish I’d gotten to spend more time with. She left an impact with the depth of her love for Jesus, for her young daughter, and for her husband. She was someone who was willing to die to self every day. The last time I spoke with her I commented on how lovely she looked. I knew she was in remission at one point, but it had been at least a month since I bumped into her at Bible study and didn’t know the disease had returned. When I heard she had passed I was floored.
How quickly it can happen. Just as my brother, John, was so alive one day and then dead the next, hit by a garbage truck on a foggy morning while he waited to turn left.
Jesus came to earth and lived a full, although rather short life. He experienced rejection, loss, closeness of friends and family. Though the horror of our sin being upon His holy, sinless body drove Jesus to pray that the cup would pass, He still was willing if there was no other way. And there wasn’t. (Tweet this.)
Then came death on the cross. He lay in the grave until He arose bodily by supernatural power from the tomb. The resurrection of Christ is almost too great a miracle to ponder. But we know it gives us hope for eternity. If we have called on the name of the Lord and asked for Him to forgive our sins, knowing He already made the ultimate sacrifice, we can trust He will raise us from the dead someday and we will have the joy of being with Him forever.
That was my one consolation and solace last week as my heart was heavy over the untimely deaths of two godly women: This year they would spend their first Easter in the presence of the risen Jesus, whom they loved.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)