If you’re anything like me, you are prone to forget the things you should remember and remember the things you ought to forget! Frustrating, isn’t it? That seemed to be the same problem that the people of Israel had as well.
When the Israelites found themselves at the Red Sea, they were stuck and couldn’t go back to Egypt, and they couldn’t go forward into the sea! In a panic, they began to turn on Moses and Aaron, complaining that they were all going to die!
I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be among the people of Israel during their exodus from Egypt. They’d been slaves for some 400 plus years. Then, a leader rose up among them named Moses, and he was commissioned to deliver them out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land.
Did Jesus really mean we could move mountains? That nothing would be impossible? What is mustard seed faith and how do we get it? To understand what Jesus was saying to His disciples we have to look at the context.
One of the most painful things to admit is that you need help, that you need God to make a change in your life that you can’t do on your own. The greatest miracle of all is life change! But where do you find such faith to believe that God can change your life?
Easter is the encore of heaven! It’s the triumph over evil, death and hell itself! No event in history can compare with the victory of the empty tomb! Because He lives, we too may live! Our sins can be forgiven! Our lives can be filled because the tomb is empty!
It’s Good Friday! Yet, considering the unimaginable and horrific suffering Jesus would endure on this day, it is incomprehensible why it is called “good.” Indeed, it seemed more like a very bad day! But what was His very bad day of suffering became our very good day for redemption!
In the Greek this statement is really one single word, “Tetelesthai”. It means, “It is finished, it stands finished, and it always will be finished!” What is finished? The work of redemption.
Reviewing the last words of Christ from the cross connects us with His suffering. We witness His passion and supreme sacrifice through His own words. It also challenges us in processing our own pain.
Despite His own suffering from the cross, Jesus was concerned for the welfare of His mother. He knew her heart was breaking as she helplessly watched His final moments of suffering from the foot of the cross. Jesus was her oldest child, and most scholars believe that Joseph had already died, leaving Jesus to care for her.