So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
As Jesus goes to the cross, He takes all of our anger, all of our sin, all of our wickedness, all of grudges, all of our mocking and denial and betrayal, and He turns it into nothing. In the next thirty-six hours, he destroys it all. He breaks it in half; He makes it useless and garbage.
On Easter Day, He is risen, on Easter Day our Lord has broken the bonds of death. On Easter Day, He has bridged the gulf between all of us and the Father. On Easter Day, the true son of the true Father takes our worst and returns to us His best. Just imagine how much more he would give us if we gave our best, how much more He would give us if we gave Him our all. On this Easter Day, give Jesus what you have, give Jesus what you are – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the indifferent. Give Him your joys and your pains, your disappointments and your relief. If you are ashamed of it, give it to Jesus. If you are proud of it, give it to Jesus.
Because you have read the story, you know the outcome. Whatever any of the characters in this story said or thought, it was returned to them in a different form, it was returned to them in the form of forgiveness, reconciliation and new life. Believe the story. Trust the outcome. On this Easter Day, receive what Jesus has for you. Receive forgiveness, receive His reconciliation, and receive new life, the gifts of God for the people of God. On this Easter Day, share those gifts, share them with those around you; and as freely you have received so freely give. The Lord is Risen. He is risen indeed.