When I was 16 years old, I heard a certain song at a Young Life retreat. It was a guy and his guitar and I'll never forget it. The reason why? The song sort of crystalized things for me...I can see in retrospect that God had been pursuing me--a weary little girl utterly heartbroken after losing her mother--for 3 years. Hearing this song brought God's pursuit of me to a point of clarity. It was my ah-ha moment, if you will.
It was the moment I just got it: Who Jesus is--What He had to do--Why He did it--Who He did it for...
Isaiah 53:5 from The Message
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
(This is a youtube video link...not so big on the video, but the version of the song is beautiful)
May this Easter be a weekend of contemplation for you. May it not pass by in a blur of colored eggs, chocolates and busy-ness. May it be a time to really think about what was done on our behalf so many years ago, and what that means for our reality today...