Extravagant Sacrifice {Holy Week Reflections – Day 4}

Why I believe in the beauty of Easter and the Resurrection of Christ Jesus? Because Easter makes Christmas make sense. Without a death and resurrection, these things would be lost. Christ came and fulfilled the prophecy. He became the bridge builder, that gap closer, the relationship restorer, the perfect and most extravagant sacrifice. Christ is our Easter. He made all things right when He took on the filth and sin of the world. He never sinned, but He willfully chose to carry our evil deeds upon his body. This is love. He extended grace to us. He made a way for us to be fully reconciled to God. I ponder the magnificence of this sacrifice of extravagance – it was and is more than enough.

Think about it. Were it not for the sacrifice of Christ’s life, we would always pay the price for our sin, and maybe the weight of that would have been unreasonable for us to bear; and the blood, constant shedding of blood to make up for all our wrongs would unhinge us. We would have failed every single time. But God, laid all His wrath for us upon His very own Son. This is more than enough.

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I ponder how the writer of Hebrews 9 talks about what Jesus did for us, and I’m humbled and amazed.

9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience…24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. 

The writer of Hebrews talks about Christ being the perfect sacrifice, and I had an AHA! moment – It had to be this way. There was no other way for redemption to happen. Christ came in perfect form because he was already perfect. He was perfect, appropriate, and more than enough from the beginning of our time – Chronos (the time we measure by days, hours, and minutes). It’s Holy Week, and we remember the betrayal and beatings, friends fleeing and blood spilling. Christ has died. Christ has risen. We are made alive in Him. What I could have offered to pay my debt wouldn’t have been enough? My hands are empty; but Christ – He said yes, for the joy set before Him. He made a way where I could not.

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I am awe-struck – like God knew it was going to cost Him, but in a way maybe this always was the Hope because He was already good. He already had a plan. The sacrifice came from Himself, the sacrifice paid it all. Christ tabernacled with humanity. This is striking – Christ is eternal – therefore the perfect goodness of the sacrifice is eternal making salvation eternal. All we have to do is believe!

Let those words sink in. You don’t have to bring anything to the table but your heart – your believing in Him. God did all the work!

Christ was both the offering and the gift. He was the sacrificial offering to God the Father. He was the gift to us of eternal life – never have those words meant more to me than today. I am overwhelmed by the power of God who was and is and always will be eternally good.

This is the extravagance of Easter. It means we can rest. It means we don’t have to strive to be unattainably perfect. Shalom – nothing missing and nothing broken made possible because He, God, was always good, He was always enough, and He wanted us to enjoy Him forever. He made it possible. That’s the message we share when we share the cross and when we share why we believe. God showed us just how much we mattered to Him by entering into a finite human body and stretching His bloody body upon an uncomfortable cross.

God showed us just how much we matter when Christ rose from the dead, and Jesus said these words, ““Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” (John 20:17). God who gave up His only Son to make us all His once and for all is extreme. Perhaps some would say it’s unreasonable, but the love of God is strong and mighty and desires no man to perish. This is the extravagant sacrifice of God who keeps all His covenant promises. He who has sworn by Himself has done good things. I am forever grateful.

This is day 4 of Holy Week Reflections. During Holy Week – which is the remembrance of Jesus Christ, His death, and His resurrection I am sharing my reflections on these holy things. I invite you to join the story of Holy Week. You have a place at God’s table. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or who you are, God is inviting you into His story; and it is one of extravagant love.

Follow along here each day this week. Feel free to share your Holy Week reflections on the link up each day, and share it with friends. You will find all my reflections posted here by the end of Holy Week.  I’ll be using the tag #holyweekreflections on Instagram and posting a daily link up on my blog each day the week.

 

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