"And Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last." — Mark 15:37
Never in earth’s history had there been a day so black as the day Jesus Christ died on the cross of God on a hill outside Jerusalem called Golgotha. God had given the world of man on earth his only begotten son to do with as they would, in order to show us what man will do with truth, life and perfection; he will find a way to kill it and stamp it out.
And so, God let man have his way with his son. We beat him, judged him and killed him for being the goodness and mercy of God in our world! And after we killed him and laid him in a grave, the world of men lay silent to see if it was over. Those who feared him and those who loved him each thought the grave would hold forever the power of God in the life of a man on earth. Then came the triumph of love and goodness in the world of men. The love of God emptied the grave of its treasure, and the world of men on earth was given a savior!
Jesus Christ lived fully as a man under the rule of righteousness. Then he bore the judgments for sin and endured the cross, all without calling on God to stop it. When he was bearing the pain and enduring the doubt, he asked God to forgive us, because we did not know what we were doing. Men did not know they were killing the son of God.
Christ endured to the end of physical life that day and became the gateway to life forever. He proved that death is not the end. Life and how we choose to live it determines the forever that follows the end of days for each of us. When our days end, we begin the forever we chose with our life. Jesus said, “Follow me,” and then he showed us where we were going. The life he lived after the grave still teaches us the destiny of all who follow him.
So, examine your life enough to know where you are heading forever. We all get to our forever by the lives we are living today and the choices we are making now. We are always living our forever in the way we are choosing to live today. If we find his way for our life and follow it, we begin our forever in the peace and joy of today. That’s his way … .
Kay Dishner is a freelance writer from Texas. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://kay2017.wixsite.com/hiswayjourney.