This weekend is associated with the death and resurrection of the rejected Messiah, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. The One whose shed blood was foreshadowed in the Passover and the Day of Atonement rites.

He was wounded for our transgressions. The chastisement of our peace was put upon Him.

His apparent defeat on the cross was turned into triumph by His resurrection. That triumph was not only His but all mankind’s. We have every reason to rejoice this coming Sunday. He who was slain lives. Though we will die, we, too, will live again. He intends to wipe away every tear, and bring us forth rejoicing.

Spring awakens nature, and new life springs from the ground, the trees, and the animal kingdom. All the world breaks out in its symbolic testimony confirming that the Messiah brings new life for all of this creation.

He suffered terribly, enduring more than any man could endure. And He secured a triumph greater than any man could achieve.