When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
I can’t explain why a ten year old with a bicep muscle the size of a golf ball can throw a basketball from the three point line into a hoop 20+ feet away, but I’ve seen it done. I can’t explain why my girls can pick a thousand dandelions one day, and the next morning when they wake up there will be more dandelions for them to pick, but I’ve filled the waiting vases. I can’t explain how after months of being hospitalized, a baby boy can be healed, grow, and live to have a family of his own, but I’ve held his children. Yes, there are scientific explanations for each of these things, but they are still nothing short of acts of God.
The hour has come for us to experience yet another act of God, but this time, no amount of science can explain it. This one is completely and totally His. Tonight we will walk with our church families to the altar of our Lord and receive the body and blood of our Savior for the forgiveness of all of our sins. I can’t explain it, but I know it’s true.
This is the same body that was nailed to the cross to die, not because of anything Jesus had done, but because of what I have done and continue to do. I can’t explain to my children precisely how all the miraculous events of holy week happened, or why God would want to give His Son for such sinful people, but I can’t wait to tell them again anyway.
I can’t wait to take them up for a blessing from their Heavenly Father, given through the voice and hands of their earthly one. I can’t wait to watch their expressions as the altar is stripped, and they hear again how Christ died for them. I can’t wait to walk with them, flowers in hand, to decorate the sanctuary for the celebration of life eternal, and to wake them up at five in the morning to see the Son rise!
We have faith in a God who requires nothing of us, but cherishes us so much that He lived, died and rose, so that we too might rise. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. What better news is there to share with our children than this ultimate, selfless, and loving act of God? I can’t explain it, but thanks be to God, I know He’s true!
Crucified, Died, and Risen Lord,
Do I even understand the depth of those words? As I walk through the next several days with my family may our faith be strengthened through the story told once again of your sacrifice. I can't wait to show my children the magnificence of their Savior. Jesus, the hour has indeed come, and I am so grateful!
In the name of Him who is life eternal, Amen.