It feels slightly ironic to wish everyone a happy Easter after entitling this blog post ‘the story of death’ but nevertheless – Happy Easter!
As most of you know, I’m a woman of faith. I accepted Jesus as the son of God; my saviour who died for my sins and I live everyday of my life grateful for who He is and for His grace. But I don’t want this post to be just another revised tale of the death and resurrection of Christ – we all know that story and if you don’t, the book of John will tell it better than I can. Today I want to focus onto something we don’t. Something someone said a long time ago that struck me like lightening to the concrete. The importance of Easter is also death. Jesus was born to teach, to demonstrate and to make disciples – all true. But most importantly, He was born to die. God created Him for the sole purpose of human sacrifice.
And I think a lot of the time, we forget that Jesus was human. He felt fear just like the rest of us. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus asks His Father “if it is possible, may this cup pass from me.” The cup He refers to is the suffering He knows He is about to endure. He was afraid to undergo what was to come, so much so that he pleads this prayer a whole THREE TIMES before His crucifixion.
“But how can this be?” I hear you ask. “The spirit of fear is not of God.”
Yes, Jesus was fully God but He was also fully flesh. The human of Him was in constant battle with the God of Him. He says in Matthew 26:41 “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” And so He killed his flesh. Figuratively and literally.
When Jesus dies on the cross, two things happen. 1) His flesh is killed, and he calls us to do the same to ours.
You think Jesus would have died if He hadn’t agreed to it? They tried it several times before the actual death and each time He said it was not His time and vanished. How arrogant of man to think he could kill the son of God. They didn’t kill Jesus, He gave Himself away to be killed. In doing so, He killed his flesh. And as followers of Him, that’s what we must do because that flesh of ours? If we don’t kill it, it’s gonna kill us.
The second thing that happens is our sin is killed. I feel like we all know this but it isn’t often explained how this happens. How does the death of one man equate to the erasing of all our sins? I mean, that’s the story we were all taught but where’s the logic behind it?
It’s anything but simple, I’ll keep it real. But I’ll try and break it down. When someone dies, everything their soul carries dies with them. Their pain, their generational curses – everything. So what God did is He held Jesus accountable for every single one of our sins past, present and future. That’s why He cries “Eli Eli lama sabachthani?” which is, “My God, my God,why have you forsaken me?” in Hebrew. The presence of the Holy Spirit does not dwell in places of sin so when He cries this it’s because the Holy Spirit really deserted Him. He was so filled with sin, our sin, that He could no longer feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit. See, God removed all the sin from us, placed it on Jesus, and when Jesus was killed, all our sin went to the same grave. So when I say the story of Easter is also the story of death, I mean that. It’s the death of our sins, our spiritual strongholds, our chains, our curses – anything and everything that hinders our relationship with God.
And from there stems life.
And so when I say ‘live in peace’, it’s more than just a trendy sign off that I trademarked so that I might be respected as a brand. I’m saying live in peace because all of your sins died with the son of God and you’re free from all condemnation. And if that doesn’t sound like peace to you, I don’t know what does.
Happy Easter and Live in Peace,