Brothers and Sisters, may God bless you this Resurrection Sunday,
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”
*SPOILER ALERT* Don’t read any further if you have not seen Frozen and plan to.
In the blockbuster movie Frozen, Princess Anna throws herself in front of the sword as Hans is about to kill Elsa.
Elsa “You sacrificed yourself for me?”
Anna “Of course, I love you.”
Olaf “An act of true love will thaw a frozen heart”
And this is the heart of Christianity. Jesus willingly takes the sin of the world upon himself – he sacrifices himself because he loves us. And that act of true love has thawed frozen hearts for over 2000 years.
As we travel through this Holy Week, approaching the Cross of Good Friday and then the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, always know that God loves you and may you know the deep, deep love of Jesus and may your heart be filled with His warmth.