Our Brother did this for us.
No words can express our gratitude.
“Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.”
How would we thank a brother or a sister who gave their all for us, who sacrificed everything? How would we recognize their gift, a gift so wonderful and remarkable that it gave us complete happiness, fulfillment, and a great life that lasts forever?
Our Lenten theme has focused on family. Now we are at the pinnacle of that Lenten journey. We enter Holy Week recognizing already that at the end we will walk away with a tremendous gift â€“ a gift that our brother gave us.
Jesus said many times, â€œthis is what I have come to do.â€ He came to sacrifice His life so that we would have life. He came to bear our sins in the form of a heavy cross, scourging, nails, mockery, and abandonment. This was NO ACCIDENT.
Jesus came with a plan â€“ to show us that we have a heavenly Father who loves us so deeply that He would offer up His Son for us. He didnâ€™t do this for show, but to create a real relationship, to break down the barriers we create to separate ourselves from Him.
St. Paul worked hard to convince the Romans of the power of what Christ had done. He said:
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Our Brother came at the right time. He came to a family that either didnâ€™t recognize their Father, or thought they were smarter than their Father. He came to a family that didnâ€™t recognize Him. He came to a family that bickered with their Brother, and eventually killed Him. Thatâ€™s all of us. And in returnâ€¦?
In return we know we will live forever, are saved, washed clean. We know we are members of Godâ€™s family.
Letâ€™s take time this Holy Week to sit with our Brother, to keep Him company in His time of suffering, abandonment, and need. Letâ€™s take this time to whisper a thank you next to His grave so that on Easter morning we can greet the new day â€“ the day we received our Brotherâ€™s gift.