Esther 4:1-3, (MSG)
"When Mordecai learned what had been done, he ripped his clothes to shreds and put on sackcloth and ashes. Then he went out in the streets of the city crying out in loud and bitter cries. He came only as far as the King's Gate, for no one dressed in sackcloth was allowed to enter the King's Gate. As the king's order was posted in every province, there was loud lament among the Jews--fasting, weeping, wailing. And most of them stretched out on sackcloth and ashes."
In biblical times, Jews often wore sackcloth to depict a fatal sickness, trouble, deep sorrow, or death. I was so humbled by the above scripture and the revelation that came with it.
Last Sunday, Christians all over the world were removing the sackcloth of mourning and rejoicing in clothes of victory. It was a celebration that comes with the resurrected hope of Jesus. The foundation of a Christian's belief is that we too will rise again in eternal life with Him when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not there; he has risen!" (Luke 24:5)
Christian or not, we often see pics of the crucifixion almost everywhere we go. The symbol of the cross is worn around people's necks as jewelry. We see it on hats and t-shirts as fashion statements. One popular fashion designer couples the cross with that of a skull. (Seems absurd knowing that the crucifix came to abolish death, not dwell among it). But Jesus's crucifixion is only part of the story.....
We see in the above scripture that those who wear sackcloth cannot enter into the King's Gate. If Jesus dying on the cross was where it began and where it ended, we would still be wearing sackcloths today, having no access to our KING. We would still be mourning the death of a powerless Savior. But now, because of the POWER of Jesus' and HIS resurrection, we can REMOVE the sackcloth of mourning, CLOTHE ourselves in strength and victory, and enter into THE KING'S Gate. Do you see it? We can talk with Him, dine with Him, pray to Him, have fellowship with Him, have one on one intimacy with Him, and reign with Him...forever. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the good news of the gospel! Furthermore, we don't have to wait until we die to have full access to Him, we can have full access to him now.
So today I wanted to encourage you with this: Easter may be over, but the hope of Jesus' resurrection and our access to Him and the ability to have communion with Him is still ALIVE. Now that's something to continue celebrating!
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.