preparing for Easter
As we approach Easter Sunday, I want to prepare my heart for the most exciting Holiday in the Believer’s life, the celebration of the Resurrection. The Resurrection is the pinnacle of Christianity. Over the next few days, I will be discussing the narratives around the Resurrection, and why we consider this the most important day, as we sojourn this earth. However, before we get to the Resurrection, we must begin with Jesus’ death.
One really cannot grasp the reason Jesus came to die, without an understanding of Genesis 3. Yes, the onset of sin and what it did to our world. Oh, one might be able to observe the evidence of sin today, as one looks to our broken world. However, what people don’t grasp, and sometimes not even believers, is the price which sin cost. In my life alone, my sin has caused me much heartache, broken relationships, along with shame and thousands of tears.
One must remember that according to the economy which God spoke into existence, there must be a wage paid for sin. In Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Oh my friend, there had to be a wage for sin when it entered this world. We all are guilty of breaking God’s law. In Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” As one can surmise, we are all in trouble. Because man broke the law, God sent Jesus to fulfill the law. In essence, to pay the price, thus redemption. See, a man had to redeem what another man broke. It had to be a sinless man. This is why Jesus came to live and die. He knew we couldn’t bear our own sin; therefore, Jesus came to bear the sins of the world. Let the next verses speak for themselves, as Jesus didn’t come to condemn, but to SAVE!
“16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:16-18.
We shouldn’t take these verses for granted, for they breathe life into the believer. There is redemption through Christ.
Tomorrow, we will look at the Old Testament prophecies which foretold of the Messiah coming to die and redeem mankind.