The Easter season and the zeal of the cross can be characterized by several descriptors.
First, the crucifixion of Christ was a gruesome and horrendous event.
Second, the ordeal and suffering Jesus experienced was foretold in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in the New Testament.
Isaiah 53:5 reads: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
This happening was fulfilled in the New Testament in John 1:29: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Third, the resurrection of Christ was a timely and timeless event.
As God sent Jesus in His own time as a man to walk among us, the crucifixion and resurrection came about in God’s own timing.
This issue of time is a relevant concept for all of us. Time is one thing we have in common with people all over the world regardless of culture, location or age. We all have 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. The rich have the same time as the poor, the old have the same time as the young and the famous have the same time in their days as the unknown.
Yet, God sent Jesus in His own time. The Bible says that when the time was fulfilled, Mary gave birth.
When we think about the story of Jesus Christ, we can read and visualize about good moments such as these: The glorious moment Jesus was born; His time with family and the home; the moment He was baptized; the moments when He was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil and He came forth victorious; the moments of calling His disciples; the preaching moments of His ministry and the moments of the many miracles He performed.
Yet, Jesus’ life was also made up of those challenging and strenuous moments: The moment King Herod decided to kill all the boy babies when he was after Jesus and Joseph took the little family to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath; the persecution of Jesus by the Pharisees when Jesus was a grown man and the non relenting attempts of entrapment that the Pharisees produced against Jesus trying to get Him to stumble; the disciples sleeping on their watch the night before the crucifixion, Jesus; the three day gruesome ordeal of being arrested, mocked and so call tried; the flogging, the crucifixion and the terrible death.
I am sure that those bystanders, disciples and friends of Jesus thought that the death of Jesus was the end. The disciples did not have the benefit of looking past that event in time to eternity.
But the good news is that we can surely tell the difference in our lives because of the moment of the resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection moments prove that Jesus is different from any other revered god or figure.
Where are those people now? They are in the grave. The resurrection moment when Jesus arose is the example for all those who die in Christ Jesus. The resurrection moment tells us that we will not die in vain and that Jesus has prepared a place for us.
Jesus himself said: “… I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14: 3
That is the hope of the Christian — moments that add up to eternity.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: