As I was contemplating what word to use for April, I thought of Easter. “Silence” seemed to be a fitting term. I thought of it along the lines of meditation and quiet reflection as we approach the observance of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection. It seemed a peaceful word to me.
But then I remembered this:
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lema sabachthani?”(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
~ Matthew 27: 45-46
So much anguish and suffering in that one sentence. It breaks my heart to read it. God was silent as His son struggled to breathe through his suffocation and pain. The Father’s heart was breaking, too. But however harsh that suffering was for Christ, the entire act was for our good. God turned away as my sins were heaped upon His son, my offenses too ugly to be looked at by a Holy God.
I am blessed because Jesus took my sin upon himself. I am blessed because He endured a separation from his Father, just so I could be redeemed. I am blessed because God so loves me, that he allowed this detachment from his beloved Son so that I could have a life of eternity with him.
I am blessed.