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Happy Resurrection Day!


“The Ballad of Mary’s Son”

    By Langston Hughes

 

It was in the Spring

The Passover had come.

There was feasting in the streets and joy.

But an awful thing

Happened in the Spring –

Men who knew not what they did

Killed Mary’s Boy.

He was Mary’s Son,

And the Son of God was He –

Sent to bring the whole world joy.

There were some who could not hear,

And some were filled with fear –

So they built a cross

For Mary’s Boy.

 

As we enter in and traverse Holy Week, I am reminded to remember and know that God oversees the seemingly impossible.


It sometimes feel unlikely that God will show up in our impossible situation: in our diagnosis, in our infertility, our broken relationship, our disobedient kid, our inconsistent character, our anxiety, our financial struggles, our grief.


Thankfully, God is not limited or bound by the natural world.


Growing up in a Jewish family, Mary would have known about the prophesied Messiah; the long-awaited Savior of the world. But she probably never imagined that those age-old predictions would be fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of her own son—who was somehow fully God, yet also fully man.


But as the angel Gabriel explained to Mary:


“For nothing will be impossible with God.”   Luke 1:37 ESV


Not only did God plan these events long ago, He also declared them ahead of time through Old Testament prophets and writers.


Jesus’ life: This God-man would come from the lineage of David (Isaiah 9:7), and be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He’d make the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the mute sing (Isaiah 35:5-6). He’d proclaim good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, and set the captive free (Isaiah 61:1).


Jesus’ death: Though innocent (Isaiah 53:9), he’d be betrayed by a close friend (Psalm 41:9) for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12). He’d be despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3), beaten and spit on (Isaiah 50:6), pierced in both the hands and feet (Psalm 22:16), and ultimately killed (Daniel 9:26).


Jesus’ resurrection: He would be raised to life again (Psalm 16:10-11) and establish a never-ending covenant with God’s people (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Because He’d be willing to bear the sins of many and intercede for rebels (Isaiah 53:12), many would be counted as righteous (Isaiah 53:11) and He’d be a light to all nations (Isaiah 11:10).


Everything about Jesus seemed impossible, but God is able to do beyond what we could imagine. So, we should remember the God we serve, and be encouraged: God is surprised by nothing. He already knows the end from the beginning. His purposes can’t be derailed. His character will never change.

 

My brothers and sisters in Christ, please rest in the peace and knowledge that “Friday is dark but Sunday is coming!”

 

Praying and wishing you all a Happy Resurrection Day!

 

Peace be with you,

Valerie+

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