Every year during the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday I try to read a book about the death and resurrection of Christ to help focus my thoughts and affections. This year I read Thabiti Anyabwile’s short book and I’m grateful for it. Each chapter is a modified Easter week sermon that he preached over the years at the First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.
While each chapter encouraged and exhorted me in different ways, I was most thankful and helped by the chapter entitled, “Is there No Other Way?” which walks through Jesus’s agony in the garden of Gethsemane. Reflecting on what it must have been like for the Son of God to cry out God the Father to take away the cup of suffering He was facing and to here a silent “No” in answer. To His question of “Is there any other way?” the answer was “No. There is no other way for you to be the perfect High Priest. There is the no other way for the depths of my hatred of sin and love for sinners to be display. There is no other way for me to be just and the justifier. There is no other way to show the full extent of my glory. No. There is no other way.”
This powerful truth was a great encouragement to me as I have been praying the same prayer of “Is there any other way God?” lately about a family situation and have been receiving a similar silent “No”. When I don’t like or understand what God is sovereignly working in my life, I can know that I have a High Priest who knows what it is like to feel abandoned by God, but yet humbly and obediently trusts in His goodness.
All this encouragement came from just one of five chapters, all of which are equally powerful and Gospel centered. Don’t wait until next Easter to read this great little book!