The tomb is empty. Christ is risen from the dead. Hallelujah! He is risen indeed!
Jesus atoning sacrifice once for all because the blood of bulls and goats was not sufficient to save. Before the beginning of the world the plan was laid because God in his infinite wisdom knew. He knew we could not live perfect lives apart from Jesus Christ. He knew that we, when given the choice, would rebel against all things righteous and holy apart from the Holy Spirit at work in us. Praise God Jesus Christ on the cross gives us hope of eternal security. Hope of eternity in Paradise with our Heavenly Father!
Praise be to Jesus Christ who took my sin! Praise be to God the Father for establishing this plan for without it none could be saved.
Jesus has declared our sins as far as the east from the west so is our sin from the Fathers eyes.
Isn’t that an amazing thought? How can it be? It’s almost beyond comprehension.
One complete man. Yet completely God. The God willingly came to walk among sinners, the man lived homeless and poor in man’s eyes. The God took our sin. The man suffered. Suffered torture and death. The God suffered separation from the Father. For you. And for me. For each one willing to trust King Jesus for eternity.
And yet there are those that believe this isn’t enough. Those that say we must work, or maybe that there is a sin or many sins (other than blasphemy) that will bring eternal damnation.
That’s not how my Bible reads, but there are many who read more into their Bible than what is written, aren’t’ there?
We are home alone on this resurrection Sunday partly because of this very belief. Ironic isn’t it? This day that we celebrate the atoning sacrifice of Christ who took the sins of the world on himself. The day that the grave was empty for my sin. We sit alone because past sin has not been forgiven. For true forgiveness holds no record of wrongs.
I said we’re alone, but we’re not. We are here together. 6 of us. Living imperfect lives. Living forgiven lives because of the blood of Jesus. Loving each other even though we’ve sinned against each more times than we’ve ever desired. That dear friends is the Gospel! That is the Good News! Perfect forgiveness from a perfect sacrifice that bled and died to save us from our dreadful sin. Christ’s blood. Enough. Completely and totally. Nothing to be done on our part but being drawn into obedience and works as a reaction to the saving grace!
Today I am thankful. Thankful for that blood! Thankful that many years ago in front a draft beer at Applebee’s He called me. Thankful that I now realize that Easter is more than a basket filled with candy and a chocolate bunny rabbit. Thankful that I now realize that Easter is more than showing up a church once or twice a year because it’s the “right” thing to do.
I’m so thankful for Shane and for our children, Thankful that we gathered together with other believers to worship the perfect Lamb of God. Thankful that in a short time we will gather around the table to share our traditional Easter meal. Thankful that my children are following Jesus and living to His glory!
I pray that one day in the future our children will join us with families of their own. That we will all celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ together! That that we’ll have grandchildren to wander our yard with baskets to find colored eggs. That we will gather around our table and celebrate the awesome gift of Jesus’ resurrection and the forgiveness of our sins as we feast together!
Praise God! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
His grace is sufficient to forgive!
And because it just isn’t Resurrection day without it, a little classic hymn for you: