His mission was accomplished…

I’ve shared with you that I’m reading Max Lucado’s 40 Readings for Easter. There’s some good stuff in that book! It occurred to me how little we celebrate Easter. We start celebrating Christmas after Halloween, some stores have started putting out Christmas decorations after Labor Day! Easter gets attention for 3 or 4 weeks at best. Easter candy is on the shelves longer than that but as far as the “talk” of Easter, not long at all. Reading this book of Max’s has helped me realize how right my Daddy was. He used to say that far too much emphasis is put on Christmas and not enough on Easter. Not that we should ever make light of the birth of Christ or take it for granted, but he said that if it were not for Easter, Christmas would have been in vain. And he was right. Had Christ not been obedient to His mission, carried through with the crucifixion, then the virgin birth of the Messiah would have been in vain. He came to this earth for one purpose – to pay the penalty of my sin and yours so that we can spend eternity in heaven. And His mission was accomplished.

Here’s a quote from Max…

God put our sin on His Son and punished it there.

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle…Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:17, 18, 28-30).

Hope

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