It Was Spring

It was Spring over 2000 years ago.  Two men were executed. They shared some common ground: both had names and titles bearing the initials J.LC.; both claimed to be God; both were betrayed by friends; both were executed with spiked objects.  But only one has an impact upon our daily life and our eternity. 

The first was Julius Caesar. The year was 44 BC. It was Spring of that year: March 15th - the Ides of March.  Julius Caesar’s close friend Brutus drew near to him with the greeting, "Hail, Caesar!" Then quickly and precisely stuck him with a knife. An assassination? Yes. Or more accurately, a political execution. Why? Because Julius Caesar was in the process of arrogantly elevating himself to the status of a dictator .... of a god! He became a martyr to no cause greater than his own ambition.

The second was Jesus Christ.  The year was about 30 AD. It was Spring --- late March or early April --- the traditional time for the Jewish Passover. Jesus Christ's friend Judas Iscariot drew near to Him in the Garden of Gethsemane with a friendly kiss and the greeting, "Hail, Master!" Then Judas drew back allowing a mob to take Jesus. Judas had sold out his friend for the common price of a slave --- thirty pieces of silver.  The price was cheap.... the stakes were high. Judas handed Jesus Christ over for execution .... to be spiked to a cross. A political execution? Yes, it could be classed as such. After all, the High Priest Caiaphas had said, "...it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish" (John 11:50). Or perhaps more accurately, it was an execution of divine necessity.  Why?  Because Jesus Christ in humility submitted Himself to His heavenly Father's wrath upon man's sin. "He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8), serving as our divine Substitute under the Father's punishing hand in order to pay the price demanded for our sins.  "God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God"  (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It was Spring over 2000 years ago. Two men were executed. One is still dead.  The other, Jesus Christ, is very much alive. No grave could hold Him. The universe cannot contain Him! Our minds cannot comprehend His love! All we can do is marvel at the impact He has upon our daily life and our eternity, and celebrate His victory won for us and given to us! What a Savior we have! What a victory we celebrate! 

With Joy in Jesus, 

Pastor Barrie Henke