Saturday, March 16, 2013
Christians around the world are celebrating Easter in a couple weeks. A lot of people, non-Christians and Christians, might ask: “What’s the big deal?” Well, aside from being reminder of the most important event in history, going through the religious traditions serves to remind us of who exactly this God of the Bible is and what He has done.
So, if you really and truly want to know who this God is, then you have to start at The Cross. If you have ever asked yourself “How could a loving God let all these bad things happen to good people?” or “Why did God kill all those people in the torturous way of the great flood?” These questions can only be answered in the light of The Cross. If you want to know who God is, then you have to start at The Cross. Nothing about Him will make any sense to you apart from The Cross.
Sure, God created everything, you and me included, but if there is no Good Friday and Easter Sunday, then it is all for not. Suppose God did come down to earth in the person of His Son Jesus with all this great information on how to live and all the spectacular miracles but “the cup pass away from Him”, then it is all for not.
You want to know God, pick a Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and read the account. Then ask yourself: “Why did He do that?” If you go through the line of questions and Biblical answers that will ensue, then you will come to know the God of the Bible. On the contrary, if you start at the loaded question: “How is it fair that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and then punished him for a hard heart?”; then you may be hindered by your own hardness and never get to The Cross. The light of who God is, as shown at The Cross, illuminates God’s encounter with Pharaoh. If you don’t understand God at The Cross, then you can’t understand God at the Red Sea.
“It is finished!” If you want to know what is finished, then you are going have to start at the event that finished it. I hope you will. Feel free to contact me or any other born again Christian for encouragement along this journey to know God.