Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:
🎶 Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.🎶
Michael W. Smith
I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.
He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of my people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening?
Isaiah 53:8 (NIRV)
Better yet, who alive at that time truly UNDERSTOOD what was happening–before the resurrection and ascension of Christ?
But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by his wounds were are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
At one Baptist church I attended, we actually held a Good Friday service. The scripture readings, worship music, and a short sermon all focused on the death of Christ. The congregation was then asked to leave in silence, contemplating the significance of the crucifixion.
But our throughly protestant pastor struggled to stick with the plan. During the benediction he remarked, “Brethren, Jesus died for our sins; we must remember His sacrifice. But, praise the Lord, He rose again on Easter!”
Note: If you see a black box where the video should be, please search on YouTube for Michael W. Smith Secret Ambition. It’s the one with 3.4 million views and is worth watching.
Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love. Have a blessed Easter!