As the Easter season approaches, it is time to reflect on our faith and stand in awe of the miracle that is Jesus Christ.
I am given to remember a song titled “Wonder of Wonders” by Charles B. Wycuff.
It was recorded by The Inspirations, one of my favorite gospel groups from Bryson City, NC.
This is the line I find most impressive in the beautiful hymn:
“The wonder of wonders, oh how could it be, that God became flesh and was given for me. The Almighty came down and walked among men. The wonder of wonders he died for my sin.”
If you think on that line, God’s sacrifice is almost too much to imagine, and that is not even getting into His crucifixion.
He came down and walked among men. He left heaven to come and live here on earth with us.
When I hear that, I wonder how He saw the difference in this earth with its’ carnal ways. How difficult it would be, if we put ourselves in His shoes, would we be willing to do it?
Just as a most simplistic comparison, would you or I be willing to leave our comfortable, clean, well-appointed homes to live in squalor in a third world country for 33 years just because our father asked us to do it?
How much more did Jesus give up to come here, knowing how long He would be here and how horrifically He would die, yet still willing to do his Father’s will?
This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered the city. He knew he would be killed in a very violent way within the week.
He was made flesh and felt all things as we do. He asked His Father to let it pass from him in prayer, yet ultimately accepted His fate with serenity.
If you only think of these examples of His exemplary life, disregarding all of the rest, you cannot help but marvel and praise.
The very least we can do is stand up for His name and His church in everything we do.
It is not something reserved for the Holy Week, but should be a lifestyle.
As you gather with your family and friends this Holy Season, remember to keep it holy.
Honor Him and thank God for His Son who did what we would shrink away from doing.
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