“The heart of an infant beats much more quickly than the heart of an adult. But something amazing happens when the baby is resting in an adults arms. The baby’s heartbeat slows down and starts to beat in unison with the adult – the two hearts beat as one”.
This is an excerpt from one of the reflections in “God’s word; Daily Reflections 2019”, during Holy Week. It is used as an analogy to describe what might be going on between Jesus and His beloved disciple at the last supper when John leans on Jesus’ chest. This reflection also recommends that during Holy Week we lean into Jesus and rest in His embrace, allowing our hearts to beat as one with His, that we enter deeply into His passion and experience the intimacy of His love.
I thought this was so beautiful and the imagery it portrayed really helped me to enter into Holy Week on a new level, but the idea of two hearts beating as one has stuck with me well beyond Holy Week, and I think can also be applied to living every moment of every day with Christ, particularly in the Easter season. When we remain in this embrace during the Easter season we are able to live in the joy of his victory more fully.
What does it mean to live in this victory?
Through His passion, death and resurrection Christ has obtained victory over everything, He managed to bring the greatest good out of a horrible evil, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”, (Colossians 2:15). The battle has been won, and we are part of the winning team, this is something which we celebrate during Easter time. As believers we are able to live in the hope of this victory, knowing that no matter what happens (even death!) nothing can separate us from the love of God. I think that it’s important to live in this hope always, not just during the Easter season.
The more vulnerable we become in front of Christ as sinners, the more we realise we are in need of him as our Saviour. When we choose to live in His victory, and remain in His loving embrace (allowing our two hearts to beat as one) Christ will be able to do his work through us, and no matter what circumstances we end up having to face, we will always have a reason to be joyful.