THE STORY OF EASTER

Jesus chose to accept the unacceptable. Matthew 26:37-38 tells us, “He (Jesus) began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.’” In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed to have the unacceptable - His torturous death on a cross, changed so He could avoid such suffering.

The Greek word for troubled means to be away from home. Jesus felt the alienation of where His future path would take him. He was literally “surrounded by sorrow” as He pondered the cross and the fulfillment of God’s plan.

But Jesus’ response was to say, “Not my will but your will be done.” Jesus accepted the unacceptable. Jesus was willing to have the wrath of God for the world’s sins placed on Him. He accepted that only by dying on the cross for humanity’s sins could we be forgiven of our sins, mistakes and failures.

Acceptance is asking God to give you the ability to take people and situations as they are, not as you want them to be. You come to the place where you are able to accept what you cannot change. There are so many things in life we cannot change. We cannot change this Pandemic, we cannot change the past, we cannot change time and we positively cannot change another person against his will.

Of course, there are many things we can change. We can change our attitude, we can change bad habits, we can change our job and we can change how we react to others. We certainly need the courage to change what we can and the wisdom to know what can be changed and what cannot.

In any unacceptable situation there can be denial, anger, bargaining and even depression. The source of true peace is to accept what you cannot change. Acceptance ends the pain and heals the hurt. Acceptance helps us to stop fighting what we can’t win and brings us to a place where the inevitable is acceptable. What we accept we not only live with we ultimately overcome it.

The story of Easter is Jesus accepting the cross as the pathway to eternal peace. Jesus trusted the Father and surrendered His will believing the plan for salvation required His suffering and even death.

Yet, God’s plan did not end with death it ended with life! The resurrection proves the power of God is greater than sin and death. The victory of the resurrection means anyone can be free from the fear of death and experience eternal life in heaven. God turned the most unacceptable situation into the greatest blessing of all time.

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