When a close friend or a family member is on the brink of death, it is a difficult time for their friends/family as they want their loved one to be at peace and free of pain, but on the other hand they wish their loved one didn’t have to leave them.
So imagine how Jesus‘ family and friends felt that first Easter as Jesus hung on the cross, dying – but not just dying, dying in immense pain, because He wanted to save each of us. What words would you use to describe how they felt when Jesus died?
Their grief must have been overwhelming. They must have wondered why Jesus, the Son of God, didn’t save himself from death on the cross. They must have questioned their belief that God really cared about them as He had let His own son die.
All those feeling would have been perfectly understandable in the aftermath of Jesus’ death. However although we know that Jesus died on the cross, we also know that was not the end of Jesus…indeed it was only the start of what Jesus, and God, was going to do, and continue to do for each one of us.
Mourning is a tough time for family and friends of the deceased to deal with, but we must remember that our loved ones are now at peace and are with God, just as Jesus is.