Easter | A Gift to Take Personally
It’s Easter. Pull the Gift Close. This is the time to take it personally.
I never thought I’d hear myself telling someone to take something personally. I mean, it seems in our culture, in our day, almost everyone is walking around offended, upset or at the very least up in arms by something that’s going on around them. Whether it’s that thing heard through the grapevine that someone supposedly said, or the way that person looked when they walked by or the latest political decision that ran across social media. Many people are living emotionally charged and personally applying the weight of whatever care comes their way. I say, that this kind of taking it personally, we could take a big long break from for it’s not only detrimental to our well-being but a severely misplaced investment of attention.
Let’s draw our minds to things of greater value. Easter is one of those things.
Here is something weightier and wealthier might I say, to take personally, if we haven’t already. To contemplate the intimate connection that you and I have to the Cross of Christ is to actually consider our part in His death! If we allow ourselves to be offended by anything, couldn’t we be rightfully offended by our own sin?
Taking this moment in His-story, personally, is both heavy and rich at the same time. The cross is a sign of what agony He chose to endure because of us and evidence of the immeasurable love He poured out for each of us individually. What a responsibility, what an honor, what a gift!
While I believe one must consider the weight of what was done on the cross to satisfy the penalty for our sin, thankfully and hallelujah we are not at all required to carry that weight. Why? Because He took that fully upon himself. In other words…
Jesus took it personally.
He pulled us close.
He took it personally that His children were hopelessly lost and needed to be found.
He took it personally that because of sin and death there was a wall towering between us.
He took it very personally that the enemy plotted for us to spend eternity separated from Him.
ISAIAH 53:5 says:
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.
What a gift! Jesus took it upon Himself to solve our problem and personally saw to it that we were set free forever! There isn’t a gift given that isn’t given personally and no one ever receives a gift without taking it personally.
It’s time to take the cross personally- Jesus did.