Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the death of Jesus Of Nazareth. On Sunday we will celebrate Easter–Jesus’ resurrection, and what that resurrection means for humanity–redemption for all.
Some people call it the greatest story ever told. Some people call it just a story. Where you stand on it may differ, but most cannot deny how great a story it is. God creates men. Men rebel. God, instead of condemning his creation, sends his son to take the punishment in our place. And through his son’s resurrection, we are put back into right standing with God. Jesus isn’t the redeemed in this story, but we are.
How many stories can you think of with a messianic twist? Lord of The Rings. The Matrix. Harry Potter. Superman. You could go and on. What about redemption stories? There are too many to even count. Humanity longs for redemption. We create story after story about it.
And some people may insist that the story of Jesus is just that, another story. My hope is that the story would work its way into every person. That it would latch on and that hope would grow in each and every heart. We have hope for redemption, that we are not lost, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Here’s to hope, and grace, and peace.