In Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian, now “merry and glad of heart” sings with joy after his burden has fallen from his back. Laden with his sin and grief, he’s come to the cross. He’s realized that here, at the place where God chose to sacrifice Himself, true happiness begins! This same joy can be yours. It really can! This Easter, look to Jesus! Linger near Him. Think on Him, on His taking the curse for your wrongdoing. Cling to Him. Cling to the Man who was put to shame for you:
“Thus far did I come laden with my sin;
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in
Till I came hither: What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the Burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack?
Blest Cross! Blest Sepulchre! Blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me.”
(Christian’s poem, in Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan, 1678)
“…Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. “