Easter is an incredible time of the year, not just because of hot-cross buns and marshmallow eggs, nor the wonderful Autumn weather, but because we get to talk a lot about Jesus and what He’s done for us.
There’s so much to the Easter story, so many levels of detail that add to this dramatic event that changed the world. At EBC we try and remember some of the details as we lead up to Easter, but the story is simply too vast to capture it all in one week.
Take for instance, this little bit of detail from the night of Jesus’ arrest:
“After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them” (John 18:1-4)
I’m so amazed Jesus stepped forward that night.
I know I wouldn’t have. If I had known what was going to happen to me, just like Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen to him, I would not have stepped forward. I would have ran away. Fast.
Knowing the accusations and the mockery lay before Him, knowing the lashings and beatings and suffering lay before Him, knowing the heavy cross and the nails and the spear lay before Him, Jesus stepped forward.
I’m so glad Jesus stepped forward that night.
Because I don’t have to. At least, not anymore. He stepped forward in my place, for me. It was supposed to me, and you, and everyone else on the planet. But it no longer has to be. Because Jesus stepped forward.
I’m so grateful Jesus stepped forward that night.
Now I can step forward into the Fathers presence, confident, absolved, saved. Because Jesus stepped forward.
Will you step forward to Christ this Easter?