Right on cue, the spring flowers are starting to bloom and the earth is reawakening with Easter on our doorstep. After what has felt like a very long winter, there is a sense of Hope and energy returning. As C.S. Lewis wrote so beautifully in The Chronicles of Narnia, “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” In much the same way, Jesus is longing to do a work of renewal in our hearts this Easter and desiring for us to bear signs of new life in Him.
Before we get to that though, it is vital that we remember what Jesus had to go through on Friday prior to the triumph of Sunday. Recently, I was reminded of the brokenness and anguish that Jesus experienced leading up to the cross and as He hung there to die for our sins. In reality, it was our brokenness, emptiness, and sin that caused Him that pain. In Luke 22, we see that while Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, he sweat drops of blood and pleaded to the Father for this to pass, yet remained obedient to the point of death. Paul also reminds us in Philippians 2:8, “he (Jesus) humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
We too continue to live in a world full of brokenness and wrestle with our own brokenness each day. It is some of those struggles that help to keep us humble and point us to our need for Jesus. The key is that we persevere and rely on Jesus for His strength. We know that there is nothing that we face that Jesus did not experience and overcome.
As we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, let us cling to the Hope that Jesus made possible through his death, burial, and resurrection. May our hearts begin to experience healing from our brokenness, and may we share the message of Hope in Jesus to those around us this Easter season.
J-D Lussier, Principal