We live in a throwaway world. So said my husband after finding out it would cost over $700 to replace the parts on our ailing washing machine. We were told it had outlived its usefulness at 8 years! Yes, you heard correctly; apparently such major appliances are not designed to last even that long anymore unless you want to pay three times the amount. It was suggested by the repairperson that we use it till it dies. So that’s what we’re doing. Then we will throw it away at the curb.
Recently the glass jar on my blender got broken. Rather than try and replace just the jar, though the rest of the appliance worked fine, it was simpler to go out and buy a new blender…and cheaper!
Two months ago when our basement rec room was flooded more stuff had to be thrown away. Stinky soaked carpet and crumbling drywall went to the trash heap. Since insurance covered the damage, we decided to do some renovations. Old stained and mismatched drop ceiling tiles and several fluorescent light fixtures were added to the pile of throwaway items.
Then two weeks ago one of our garage door operators gave up the ghost! Granted, at almost thirty years old, it had lived beyond its life expectancy. It will also be replaced and thrown away. It’s cheaper than fixing it I was informed
Two thousand years ago there was One who walked this earth that many people wanted to do away with. He wasn’t old, or broken, or ailing. He never hurt anyone, never cracked under pressure, and never outlived His usefulness. But unlike my ailing washing machine, cracked blender jar, ruined carpet, and broken garage door operator, My Jesus will never be replaced!
My Jesus was hated and despised by His own people.
My Jesus was denied by one of His most faithful disciples.
My Jesus was rejected by those who should have know He was their Messiah.
My Jesus was betrayed by one who had walked with Him for three years.
My Jesus was arrested in a garden as He prayed for those He loved.
My Jesus was mocked, spat upon, and beaten mercilessly.
My Jesus was forced to bear His own cross to His own crucifixion.
My Jesus was stripped, humiliated, and nailed to that cross.
My Jesus was hung high on that cross between two criminals.
My Jesus was left to die while His grief-stricken mother watched.
My Jesus DIED THAT DAY!
He was taken down, buried in a borrowed tomb, a stone was rolled across the entrance, and a seal was applied to the stone.
In most eyes My Jesus was dead, gone, THROWN AWAY!
But wait! Yes, Jesus had Himself said, “IT IS FINISHED!” However, it wasn’t His life that was finished!
“There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.” [i]
It was the curse of my sin that was thrown away! The penalty of eternal death and separation from Christ was thrown away!
As the apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:14, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
It’s Sunday. EASTER Sunday! As a Christian it is the most important day of the calendar year because it signifies the day My Jesus rose victorious from the grave! Though the old hymns are not sung as much as they once were in many churches, I always looked forward to joining my brothers and sisters in Christ singing, slowly at first,
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Then the tempo increases and the volume rises,
Up from the grave He arose!
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
The tempo slows again as we sing softly,
Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior,
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
And then we erupt with that glorious chorus again,
Up from the grave He arose!
…Hallelujah! Christ arose![ii]
My Jesus is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!
Until next time,