It is Easter weekend, the most significant time in the Christian calendar. This weekend, beginning on Good Friday and ending on Easter Sunday signifies the foundation of our faith. Jesus was crucified on the Friday, died and was buried. He then rose from the dead on the Sunday and then later ascended into Heaven, where he lives with God.
Jesus allowed himself to be crucified to save us from our sins, so that we could be reconciled to God. Why? The simple answer is grace. What is grace? Simply put, grace is unmerited favour, which means receiving something good that we have done nothing to deserve. Grace is not the same thing as mercy. Mercy is quite different. By contrast, mercy is not receiving punishment that we do deserve.
If Christ can show us grace and mercy, why can’t we do the same for others? What if we took a page out of His book and extended that same grace and mercy to those we encounter as we move through the world. Just imagine how much better the world would be if we stopped holding grudges and let go of the thoughts of revenge that we hold towards people who may have wronged us? What if we chose to do good to others who treated us poorly, instead of reacting to their actions in a similar manner? What if we lived out the “golden rule – do unto others as you would have done to you”?
Think about it and have a Happy Easter!