Each Easter season I go on a journey of reengaging with the passion story. I seek out the raw and humbling realities that lead to the horrifying pain, suffering and death of Good Friday. I will myself to never forget the price that He paid and the victory He bought. Each Easter I ask Him to allow me to see afresh what that dark day was really all about.
Here are three short videos that do just that. They each look at the passion story and force us to see again the full truth of what He came for.
1. Why did Jesus have to die?
We all have asked the question at least once, why did Jesus have to die? And most of us still don’t have an answer that we could explain to a 6-year-old if asked. And as the age-old saying goes, “if you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old then you don’t actually know it.” So let’s change that by learning the real reason Christ had to become the living sacrifice for us all.
In this video, The Bible Project “explores the mysterious promise on page three of the Bible, that a promised deliverer would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity. [They] trace this theme through the family of Abraham, the messianic lineage of David and ultimately to Jesus who defeated evil by letting it defeat Him.”
2. Why is Good Friday actually a day of immense hope?
Too often I allow myself to get lost in the sorrow, pain and horror of what consumed Good Friday. I focus on the death, the goodbyes, the injustice and the confusion more than focusing, really focusing, on what was defeated that fateful day while our Savior willingly hung on a tree for us.
Are you like me and desire to learn more of the victory overseeing every moment of such a dark day?
Are you like me and desire to see Jesus as victor instead of victim?
Then, I recommend beginning here with You Need Not Say Goodbye by Passion City Church. It’s time to learn just how important that day really was.
3. Why did they choose Barabbas instead of Jesus?
Anyone else with me on this question? This part of the passion story tends to unravel me. The people cried out for a murderer instead of a savior, how backward! Or was it? If God’s sovereign hand reigned over every element of that day, then surely, even this moment, was God inspired. But how? Why?
This video gave me compassion and understanding for a moment in history I had previously only felt contempt and rage for. Have your tissues at hand, this one will beautifully wreck you.