Friday, April 06, 2007

The Sadness Is No More

"It was now about the sixth hour,
and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
for the sun stopped shining.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
When he had said this, he breathed his last." Luke 23:44-46 NIV

Sadness is not an emotion or a feeling. Sadness has breath and life. It stares you down with dark, piercing eyes. Sometimes it sneaks up on you in an unguarded moment. Sometimes you can see it in the distance, creeping slowly towards you until the hour comes when it strangles you in its dark, deathly hold.

Survival comes when you break free from the strangling, gasping for breath until the sadness runs away, hiding from the Light.

God is The Light.

Over 2000 years ago, this kind of sadness covered Mary, the mother of Jesus, and John, the beloved disciple. Sadness overwhelmed them as they stood helpless at the foot of The Cross watching their Christ slowly die. They were helpless to save Him, but He was not helpless to save them.

The darkness came and sadness hung thick in the air. Its weight crushed them. It was the kind of sadness that crying doesn't relieve. The tears come until one can cry no more and the heavy sadness makes it hard to breathe.

The Father and The Son were separated for the first time as my sins were laid upon Christ's beaten back. He held them on His weary shoulders, naked and humiliated, hanging in the dark sky on display for the fallen world. They mocked Him and spat on Him. All because of me. And you.

He had the power to save Himself but He used it to save the world.

From the sadness. From death. From eternal darkness.

And as He promised, the sadness left. The darkness was overcome with The Light. He rose from the dead in all glory so that we can be with Him one day in heaven.

Where there shall me no more tears, no more sadness, and no more darkness.

Just pure, saving, life-giving Light.


Chrissy said...

This is precious. I posted something on my blog today that has to do with the crucifixion from Mary's point of view. It never fails to move me to tears. Have a blessed Easter!

Susanne said...

This is beautiful Melanie! Praise God for life giving light!

Mommy Dearest said...

Melanie, this is just beautiful and so well said.

I awarded you the thinking blogger award!

Rhonda said...

Just visiting your blog. What a beautiful post!! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

I notice you like Chunky Monkey - it's my B&J favourite too. A couple from our church just opened a Ben & Jerry's at our all. They're using this business to suppport their missions trips to Haiti.

God Bless!

Jenny said...

Happy Easter you you and your family Melanie!

Roxanne said...

"He had the power to save himself, but He used it to save the world."

That says it all.