The beauty, tragedy, blessing, and pain of this day all result from one thing – Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (Romans 5:6-9 – ESV)
My sin condemned me – through it, I had earned God’s wrath. But Jesus died to save me. He loved me so much that He paid a debt I could never repay. And for that, I love Him.
This is a day of humility, gratefulness, mourning, love, and awe. As the song says, “Hallelujah! What a savior!”