Sojourning to Easter
The Bible says that “by faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise…” (KJV, Heb. 11.9). “Sojourned” is a good, old English word that means to “dwell/travel.” Abraham is a type of the Christian as he dwelt and traveled in this world. So it is that we’re on a spiritual journey just as Abraham. For the Bible says, “He (Abraham) went out, not knowing whither he went” (Heb. 11.8). He went by faith. That’s the point, and so we too go by faith, bravely into each day not knowing for sure what will happen.
Such uncertainty is becoming the mark of this age. We’ve noticed that change is all around us. The old standards are shifting; the old and dependable ways are crumbling before our eyes. Yet, like Abraham sojourning in a strange land, our faith in God is not shaken. “For (we) look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11.10). That’s the spiritual marker.
This is what the Easter season is about. It’s about the impossible tribulation of life on earth being cast up against the providence of God. It’s about the worst that can happen, the very crucifixion of the Son of God, being overcome and set against a glorious resurrection! “…according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places….” (Ephes. 1.19,20). In other words, our sojourning is not in vain.
The time between now and Easter, short as it may be, is your time to embrace the journey. It’s a small appointment, a small interval in a long life. Yet, it can be most instructive of how to live the rest of your life. When we focus on Jesus, and His cross, and His resurrection each year at this time, it gives us strength and endurance to live abundantly. No matter what happens, we are in Christ, and we are sojourning to glorious reunion in heaven!