He Did It All for Us!
Brenda Nail DeLauder
In a store the other day, I stopped to look at Easter merchandise. Over on the next aisle I overheard two children, I guessed to be siblings. One little girl was talking about the Easter Bunny when she asked the other girl, if the Easter Bunny was at the Cross. By the time I heard her question, I had moved around the corner so I could hear what answer was given. The other girl, I guessed to be the older sibling, realized the question was important. I watched her face change from laughing to serious when she said “I don’t know. But if the Easter Bunny was there, I’m sure he was sad, because they were really mean to Jesus.”
Before I could speak, their Mom rounded the corner and obviously she too had overheard their conversation. She leaned down to the girls and said, “God loved us so much, He gave His Son, so we can have eternal life. Jesus did die, but He rose up from the grave and lives today.” Pointing to their hearts, she added, “He is right here, right now, in your hearts!” All I could offer was a simple “Hallelujah!” It was a precious moment with Christ on aisle one in a Dollar Tree that day.
Recently I have been studying Hebrews. The unknown author of this book brings up such a wonderful reminder of how Christ was in Heaven with the Father and living well. By choice, He gave it up and came to earth to be born of a peasant. His earthly life was never glamorous or kingly, as He worked hard to bring the love of God to all people. Then what did we do? We crucified Him, making Jesus endure a horrible, agonizing death in order to save us. Sort of jolts you to realize the “we” part of this statement, doesn’t it? Yet if it were to have happened today, would we have tried to stop it or been part of the crowd yelling “Crucify Him!” We can only hope and imagine our choice would have been to stop it.
Thankfully, we are often reminded of how good can come from bad. When we endure a tremendous trial in our lives, we may look back and see how something wonderful would have been missed had we not gone through the hardship. So if Jesus had not died on the cross and being risen from the dead, would we be as willing to accept Him? Reading the Gospels about His time on earth, we learn there were numerous miracles and many followers hung on every word Jesus spoke. Yet if that were now, in present day, would it be enough to convince us to rescue Him from the crucifixion? It is scary to think about, but the glorious news is, we don’t have to wonder or worry. Christ did come down from Heaven. Jesus did walk this earth as human. Christ died for us and rose again. He returned to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God. We are so richly blessed because He did it all for us.
This coming Sunday in our church we will hold up and wave a palm branch as we sing “Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!” It’s a moving praise song sung in flowing two-part harmony glorifying God. I like to visualize being there, as Jesus rides the donkey into the city, while we sing this hymn. Then knowing He is “right here, right now” with us, makes our hearts overflow with joy and our lives worth living. Sing Hallelujah, praise the Lord!
Hosanna, written by Christian Gregor, 1765, tune by Ewald V. Nolte, 1965.
Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.