We have just finished celebrating the Easter climax in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The sadness of Good Friday is blown away by the greater glory of Easter Sunday. The packed church pews, family celebrations, and egg hunts happened again this year. We remembered that Jesus did all that was necessary to ensure the salvation of any human being who would believe in Him.
Yet God cries. He cries for any who won’t believe. During Holy Week Jesus cried over the unbelief of the Jews of Jerusalem. We read in Luke 19:41-44 on Palm Sunday:
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.
I can see Jesus crying over the universe today. Easter is over. He did all that was necessary to ensure our salvation, but there are too many who do not believe. That is what makes God cry.
How do you walk away from this year’s celebration of Easter? Have you received a renewed zeal for the love of God and a deeper understanding of how to share His love with others? Have you been humbled by your own sins and have you recognized that you can never understand how much your salvation cost Jesus? Are you more convinced than ever that this life is so short in comparison to eternity, and do you look at each day as an opportunity for God to show you the purpose of your days here on earth or, do you walk away with a new dress and some seasonal Easter goodies stashed away in the back of the pantry so they might last until summer?
Easter Sunday reminds us what our lives are all about. It demonstrates that God is more powerful than the laws of death contained in this universe. It communicates that the greatest works of God triumph in spite of the gravest evil mankind could ever commit. God’s goodness can overcome the evil that has infiltrated our lives.
How we walk away from Easter will either make God cry or bring a smile to His face.