The story of Jesus’s death on the cross is at the centre of the Easter message. It is both horrific and hopeful.

By now it was noon. The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours—a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle. Jesus called loudly, “Father, I place my life in your hands!” Then he breathed his last. When the captain there saw what happened, he honored God: “This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!” Luke 23:44-47 (The Message)

Jesus died as an innocent man in a willing act of sacrifice. He was not a victim in the sense that he was not in control of his death. As he died he gave his life into God’s hands. The effect of this on the onlooking Roman Captain was immense. I am sure he had seen so many criminals guilty of crimes against the empire die on the cross, but never in this way. I wonder if for you the death of Jesus is purely a horrific act of inhumanity or does it bring a hopefulness to your heart? Paul, one of the earliest followers of Jesus wrote,  ‘And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.’ Romans 5:5-6 (The NIV translation)

A happy and peaceful Easter to all through the love of God in Jesus.