If a person is born without physical sight, he/she doesn’t know their condition to be abnormal. They do not know they are to see things through their eyes. The appreciation of the world around them is through their faculties of feeling, hearing, and smell. What they perceive from these inputs of sensations are what they understand to be the normal manner in which someone appreciates the world around them. Only when someone tells them that they are supposed to be able to see with their eyes to appreciate the world around them, do they become aware of this “physical deficiency” they have and denial and disbelief usually follow the introduction of that truth.
Mankind is like this blind person. Many believe their life is normal. They believe that because they are a good person, they are on their way to heaven when they die. They believe that everything is fine between them and God because this is primarily what they have been told from childhood.
Well, this is not true. Mankind has a “spiritual deficiency.” Mankind is under the condemnation of God and has been sentenced to eternal separation and punishment as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Many people hearing this truth for the first time, go into a state of denial and do not believe it; much like the blind person.
Though God is just and must carry out the sentence of punishment He pronounces, He loves what He created and therefore provides a way for mankind to be saved from this condemnation. The provision is in the person of Jesus Christ who came to earth to take upon himself God’s condemnation and the sentence of eternal punishment and separation.
This is what the Passion Week is all about from April 14th to April 21st. We should recollect how Jesus suffered mankind’s punishment and died as a substitutionary sacrifice of atonement on a cross, thereby bringing forgiveness and restoration between God and mankind.
God provides through Jesus’ death and resurrection a free gift of eternal salvation for anyone who professes an abiding faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord is saved or brought out from under God’s condemnation. They are adopted into His eternal family as a son or daughter all because of what Jesus Christ suffered during the Passion Week.
Just like how the blind person would rejoice if he/she received sight, so everyone who has received Jesus to be their personal Savior and Lord should rejoice because of what Jesus Christ has given to them; restoration and Eternal life with God the Father as a result of dying on the Cross of Calvary.
The Passion Week is our reminder of the punishment that waits for anyone who is not reconciled back to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ when the Day of Judgment comes because their name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life as a result of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday are reminders of the gift of mercy and grace for those who come out of denial and believe the truth about mankind’s “spiritual deficiency” in God.