I know, I know. You’re thinking this is gonna be yet another Easter post, just like every other blogger writes this time of year.. Well think again peeps, cause we do it different here at Sovereign Swag.
Most Easter stories you hear gloss over his betrayal and death, instead focusing on the resurrection. Which is of course, incredible and we should absolutely celebrate his resurrection. But for someone to resurrect, they have to be dead first. And not only was he killed, he was tortured and killed in the most brutal, disgusting, dishonorable way possible. Let that sink in, guys.
The Savior of the world, fully man, fully God, was treated like no more than a rabble-rouser, a criminal. And he stood firm through it all, even when his body was broken, when he was alone, when there was no possible way out. He took that punishment, knowing full well that others would benefit from it. He could have vaporized all his torturers and handlers with a thought but he didn’t. That takes guts. That takes unselfishness. That takes an inhuman amount of strength and love, to go through that and forgive immediately. Jesus was, and is, the epitome of ‘swag’.
I cannot even do justice to the events of what we know as Good Friday. It was savage, cruel, and utterly disgusting that anyone could be treated as he was.
Jesus was forced through an unfair trial, left for dead by faithless disciples, and whipped mercilessly. Jesus was mocked relentlessly, tortured ruthlessly, hung remorselessly and we breeze through life with no sense of a higher purpose. We waste time, waste our life, arguing with others about meaningless things.
He has a unique love, obviously; or we wouldn’t even be celebrating Easter. In Ancient Greek the word is ἀγάπη or agape, and it is described as “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. The highest form of love. There is no higher, better, way to love someone, and it’s the kind of love God has for us–and we should have that for him.
Jesus literally came down, served, healed, and died for our sins, yet we repay him with apathy? We’re commanded to love our God with all our heart, our soul, our mind, yet we fill those with trash and worldly, meaningless things? A little over 2000 years ago He died for us. He was tortured and we just sit around complacently, doing nothing that actually matters, that benefits the kingdom of God?
Why? Why do we do what we do? We’re not immortal, our life is finite. Why don’t we live like we know it’s finite, that we could die at any second? We should live, we should love, we should be the salt and light. No matter what age you are, whether it be 15 or 55, you’re still capable of love. God wouldn’t have commanded us to love him, to love our neighbor, if we weren’t capable of it.
In fact, not only are we capable of love, but without it we are nothing. Nothing! Absolutely nothing is meaningful without love. None of our earthly pleasures, stressors, anything. We have to love. It’s not the easiest thing, by far. But it’s a command and honestly, I don’t know about you but I want my life to have meaning.
Meaning, not only for myself but for whomever I influence. Because you and I have influence over someone, or a few someones. Think of what you could do with just a simple choice to love! You could influence them to love, and in turn they influence someone else, and it repeats until the entire world has been changed by just one person’s choice.
We can choose. Choose to love. Choose to forgive. Choose to be intentional. God didn’t send his Son to earth in a mortal body for us to be complacent and apathetic. He sent him for change. He sent him for love. He sent him to save us. Remember that.
Stay loving. Stay swaggy.