Endless Grace, Eternal Glory

About seven years ago,
Easter didn’t mean anything to me. 

I remember clearly that one Easter Sunday—playing basketball with my friends and trying to decide on where to go eat afterwards. We were just driving around in Astoria, Queens and everything was closed. So in frustration I asked, “why is everything closed?” to which my non-Christian friends answered, “because it’s Easter.” And in unbelief and anger I retorted, “So what?”

And as I look back on that Easter Sunday, I am reminded of how far from the days of angry unbelief and despair the Lord has delivered me.

I grew up in the church, but I didn’t truly believe in the living God, let alone a loving God. And in my early adult years, I fell away from church for a variety of reasons. While falling away I went soul searching in the things of this world: looking for truth, looking for love, looking for peace.

All the while, I was only running in circles, lost in the desert. All that the world had to offer failed to move me; failed to resonate in the depths of my soul. (Exodus 20:3–5)

“So what?,” was the orphan’s cry in the void of my heart. 

But in my darkest days, He slowly whispered to my soul: “I Am” (Exodus 3:14).

Now, Easter means many things to me. The cross is where our Lord and Savior poured out His life so that we could have life. He who was without sin became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), so that we could be forgiven for our sin. He who was blameless became the curse, so we could be free from the curse (Genesis 3:17–19).

And though His flesh was torn, His sacrifice tore the veil (Mark 15:38). And though His blood was shed, His Holy Spirit was poured out for us all (John 19:30). 

The cross means to me that Jesus is triumphant. He triumphed by humbly trusting in our Heavenly Father’s sovereignty. And He did it all for you, me and everyone, who would be His for all of eternity (John 6:37).

“How have you come to believe this?” you may ask. I believe this because I’ve been redeemed by the One who has been faithful to me, the One who keeps His promises (John 14:15-21). My life’s not perfect; we live in a fallen world ruled by the dark one, but I’m an orphan no longer because of the cross. 

Because of the cross, the Holy Spirit lives within me, and so, Jesus walks with me (Ephesians 2:17–18). He gives me hope and strength to run the good race and to fight the good fight (Hebrews 12:1–3).

After all is said and done, Jesus will return. God has faithfully shown me endless grace, so I have faith God will one day reign in eternal glory.

This is what the Holy Spirit speaks to my once empty heart and dying soul.

Hallelujah. Kingdom come.

The Son is risen out of the grave
He saves from darkness by grace
The Son is risen out of the grave
Shining on all that seek His face
He who laid down His life to restore us all 
Holy Spirit awaken our hearts to Your call