This entire week has been a swirl of emotions. The week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was heartbreaking to read. Jesus was betrayed, denied, lied about, spit on, slapped, mocked, beaten, and humiliated before being crucified. This was God’s son that was being treated like that, this was the Savior of the world, and He was treated worse than a common criminal.
Ashamed. This was one of the emotions that swirled around in my mind this week. One of the Bible verses that I read this week brought on this emotion. I have gotten in the habit of taking Bible verses and inputting MY name into them. The change is a small one, but the impact is HUGE.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
This is the verse that I read, and here is how I changed the verse. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for “Tania” in this: While Tania was still a sinner, Christ died for HER.
Reading the verse in this way brought on shame and guilt. My Lord was tortured for me, he endured the pain and the humiliation because I was a sinner, and He was the sacrifice.
The shame and guilt got worse as the week progressed and eventually got to the point where I didn’t want to read any more about Jesus’ last week. I guess it was the whole out of sight out of mind method that I was using. If I didn’t read about the pain that Jesus endured for me, I didn’t have to feel guilty.
All of that changed, though, with three little words. I went from being forlorn, ashamed, and guilty to holding my head up high and having pride coursing through my veins.
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Did you see the three words? He Has Risen!!! What a glorious day!!! Can you imagine the joy that the women felt when they arrived at the tomb and found that Jesus was not there? I am sure that they had a flood of emotions also. They probably went from heartbreak to fear. Then fear turned to confusion. Confusion probably turned to wonder. And, wonder turned to excitement.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
The angel of the Lord gave the women instructions. It started with “Go and Tell.” Remember how I said that I am changing verses and inputting my name? Look at how this changed the verse.
7 But go, tell his disciples and TANIA, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
The Lord knew that Peter denied Him. He knew that Peter was feeling ashamed, guilty, and heartbroken. But, the Lord loved Him despite the denial, and He wanted Peter to know that He was thinking of him. Changing Peter’s name to mine reminded me that the Lord also loves me. He knows how I have been feeling this week, and He wanted me to know that I am loved. He gave His life for ME, and also for YOU!
Raise your head and lift it high for all to see. And, don’t forget – Go and Tell!
To God Goes the Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!