Friday, April 10, 2009

Celebrating Christ

Lots of thoughts as we celebrate this weekend the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. How can I not think about the death of the one who came to die for my sin and for all of those who come to Him.

How often I think of Christ. Of course I celebrated before, but it has changed in the last year. I am not going to claim I fully understand the depth of Christs grief and sorrows as He walked to the Garden of Gethsemane. For He knew His death would be painful and yet He knew it would be with a purpose. He knew everything from beginning to end. He was fully God...yet fully Man. He had emotions like we do and yet they were perfect.

I can't help to think of Gods grief for His Son as we celebrate this weekend. For God so love the world that He GAVE His is ONLY Son that whoever believes in Him SHOULD NOT perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Yes...God GAVE His ONLY Son. Wow. That just makes me amazed. He was willing to give up His beloved for the sin of the world. He was willing to put the perfect Christ on the cross to pay for all our imperfections.

I know I will not fully grasp this, this side of Heaven, but I had to give my own son, and it has grieved me immensely. Yet I know that Larsons life was perfect, his death could not have been sweeter and now he is with the Lord because of what Christ did. Yes Larson is in Heaven because of the same reason I will be in Heaven. Because of the sacrifice of Christ for our sin. God was merciful to give Larson a sweet life. God was willing to give His Son...let Him go through a horrible death for us.

I think of asking God to take the cup from us. To heal Larson and to take away the trial. But we also prayed that His will be done. Wow does that prayer mean so much more. Christ said the same thing. He asked His own Father in Heaven to take the cup from Him...take the cross away or let His will be done. Christ was willing to die for us. If God can let His own Son die for us...How much more should I trust God in the story He has created for me? I know with all my heart that through the heartache...that this story is perfect and will continue to be. It's perfectly written, with heartache and all! Yes this is love. Because the greatest gift still remains...the gift of Christ.

So as I celebrate Christ...I think of my joy in Him as my Saviour and yet my grief in my sin that He would die for. Yes the cross was perfect. There was joy...and there was grief. I believe I have felt my own joy and grief collide in my story with Larson and yet I can look to the Cross and see that joy and grief can collide and it is good and it is what God intended.

May you all have a blessed resurrection day!

4 comments:

Jenn said...

You said it well, Corie. I went to the noon service at church today, and it was the first year that I really understood why he died on that cross for us. I always KNEW why, but understanding it is so different. This Holy Week has been so meaningful to me. God Bless!

Linda said...

Thank you, and blessings to you and your family also. He is risen!

The Beidle Family said...

We serve a good God...what a sweet reminder. I know you approach your second Easter without your sweet baby boy...but I know you released him in the arms of Christ with so much love. I know some days seem longer than others but His word helps us to know that His plan is perfect. I am so thankful for you and I love the moments we get to share talking about God's perfect ways. Happy (by God's grace) Easter! See you in a week!!!!

Sarah Dawn said...

Corie,
Just found your site, I'm splashin' and dancin' in God's rain. Thank your for sharing your heart, your real life and faith in Christ. Your words are taking wings and soaring to this missionary mommy's heart.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah