Holidays can be hard. Holidays can be really hard for a lot of people, myself included. Holidays make us think about all the ways our families don’t match up to what they’re supposed to be. It reminds us of the brokenness in our lives because we’re forced to see the things that we know aren’t the way they’re supposed to be.
Divorce. Traveling to four different houses in order to see all your family members. Kids caught in a triangle between mom and dad. Parents and grandparents missing kids because they’re with the other spouse.
Loss. Whether its the first year without them there or another tally on the lists of missed, it is impossible not to remember those we’ve lost.
Sickness. Illnesses that remind us that this holiday could be the last we spend with certain loved ones. Or maybe in this season, some of our loved ones are too weak to come home. Some holidays are spent in the hospital.
These are just a few of the reminders we’re faced with during the holiday season. And its weird because as we get older, it seems like the brokenness just progresses, both in length and depth. We feel the sting of sin and brokenness when we know its a time that is supposed to be for rejoicing. Holidays are supposed to be happy, right? So why do we keep thinking that this isn’t the way things are supposed to be? We put our hope in the idea that maybe this holiday season, things will be right. Maybe this time, no one will fight and every one will be home. We’ll all love one another and feel loved in return, no one will hurt for this one day. Can’t we have just one day?
Each holiday we face carries baggage. And not all holidays really have any response to the pain it carries. But thanks to Jesus Christ, Easter does.
Easter answers the hurts of our hearts. Jesus answers the hurts of our hearts. All the brokenness, all the separation, all the loss- He took it to the cross. He took the baggage we feel and died so that we could have Easter Sunday. The brokenness in this world all started when we thought we, as humans, could be God. We chose our rule over His and creation became tainted and broken. That is the hurt we feel on holidays. But Jesus brings something nothing else in all creation could ever bring.
He brings the Resurrection.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He has overcome divorce. He has overcome sickness. He has overcome death.
He took the brokenness of this world, the brokenness of my family and your family, and he died for it. He took on the sting of sin and took our place. The hurt we feel now is not the answer. The Resurrection is the answer. Easter Sunday is the answer. The Cross really and truly does have the final word.
This Easter weekend, as we’re forced to see the answers to our sin and we’re forced to see the brokenness not only in the world but also in our hearts- remember that death doesn’t have the final answer. No, three days later Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death once and for all. Death was not victorious- Jesus was and is forever. Yes we can mourn the brokenness and long for restoration, but remember that that tomorrow is already ours through the blood of Christ.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
When he said “It is finished” he meant it. And that is the answer that Easter has for us. THAT is the final word we need to remember this weekend and every day to come. When we’re reminded of our brokenness, remember His victory. Raise our hands with Him who was pierced. Raise our hands with him who defeated the grave and by grace changes our past, present, and forever. Raise our hands and praise the Lord, for He has risen!!
Mark 16:6 “but the angel said, ‘Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!”
He is risen indeed!