(Part two of my Easter message. Here’s part one.)
On Easter, it is worth considering what Jesus said about his purpose: He came to offer life. He came to find people who were lost, wandering, adrift.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That was the reason for his life.
I think it’s important, when asking the question of the reason for an event, to consider the biggest appropriate picture. often We search for the meaning of a moment: “I stubbed my toe so I would slow down and listen to people.”
Jesus died, but that’s not the only piece of the story. He was born for the reason that he lived for the reason that he died for the reason that he rose for the reason that he ascended for the reason that he is coming back: So that he and we can be together.
When he was talking to his closest students before he died, he talked about leaving them for awhile and getting a place ready, “So that where I am, you can be also.”
The purpose was to be in relationship with God, to be able to know God, to interact with God, to see God. Jesus, fully God, became also fully human. So that we could know that God loves us so much that he would die so that he would rise for relationship with us.
So on this Easter, when you are trying to figure out the reason for the diagnosis or the disease or the reprieve, let’s ask ourselves a bigger question. What’s the reason we are living our lives?
Are we living toward ourselves? Or are we living toward God? The way God lives toward us.