“God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
So what is the biggest week in the Church year all about? What does it mean to you and me personally?
The Apostle Paul put it in a nutshell: it is the best deal ever offered.
Because of what happened on Good Friday God has offered to put all of our wrongs on Jesus, and in exchange put all that is right with Jesus on you and me. That’s the best offer we will ever have. All we have to do to close on the offer is believe it!
In 1949 while I was doing social work in Pittsburgh, late one night a man asked if he could speak with me. As we talked in the darkness outside a closed recreation center he told me he was wounded in the great Battle of the Bulge toward the end of World War II. While still under fire he saw a chaplain crawling from one wounded man to the next. This chaplain apparently had something very important he said to those men. He hoped the chaplain would make it to him, but after taking several hits the chaplain didn’t move anymore.
He said he had been wondering for several years what the chaplain had to say to those men. He said after watching me for a couple of months he told his wife he believed I could tell him what that chaplain was telling those wounded men. I told him about the greatest deal ever offered.
This Easter do you have a message for dying people? Do you have a message for people who are going to live?
Dick Woodward, 26 March 2013