We are now in the season of Eastertide, the 50 days spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. This is a season of great joy as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and the life-transforming gift of our salvation accomplished through the events of Holy Week. Each week of Eastertide, we will continue our faith journey by focusing on one particular aspect of Jesus’ life, ministry and self-giving sacrifice on our behalf. May the following words of assurance fill your heart with joy.
Jesus Christ- God With Us
Rev. William Willimon: You have tried to find God. But every way you have taken has turned into a blind alley. Time and again you were sure you had found the way, the truth, the life, only to be disappointed, frustrated, deceived. And you have tried to be good, to do right. But the good you would do, you have not done. Even your best-intentioned efforts have turned out wrong. You have yielded to temptation in spite of your efforts to resist. Everywhere you turn, you are convinced that you are no good, worthless, without hope. A friend comes to you. That friend finds you where you are. He accepts you, welcomes you, embraces you. He reassures you and urges you to go on. Finally, he takes your punishment, pays your debt, dies on your behalf. You do not have to be told, “This is the ultimate act of self-giving love.” You know.
Sunday Dinner: The Lord’s Supper and the Christian Life
Rev. C. S. Cowles: What Jesus introduced was an entirely new way of looking at God. God does not hate sinners. He loves them with boundless and unconditional self-giving love. God’s love is perfect: it is all-encompassing, whole, complete, life-giving, life-sustaining, life-enhancing, and life-affirming for all humankind. Nowhere do we see God’s radical love for the entire world expressed as clearly as on the Cross. In Jesus’ torturous and scandalous death, we see a God who would rather be destroyed by sinners than destroy sinners, who would rather die at the hands of enemies than kill enemies.
Who is God? His Character Revealed in the Christ
God’s love was made visible.
God knows we can give nothing to him,
so God gives to us.
God knows that we have failed to find him,
so God finds us.
God knows that we cannot return to him on our own,
so God turns to us.
“Have I been so long with you and yet
you have not come to know me, Philip?
He who has seen me has
seen the Father.”
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors
in many and various ways by the prophets,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things,
through whom he also created the worlds.
The Son is the reflection of God’s glory
and the exact imprint of God’s very being,
and he sustains all things by his powerful word.
We have beheld and bear witness that the Father
has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,
God abides in them and they are in God.
I John 4:14-15