Today marks the culmination of one of the goriest murders recorded in history, the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It also celebrates the greatest moment in Christendom, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus a man whose perfection is often questioned; race is debated; righteousness is disputed; and divinity is argued CHOSE to die so that we may live. We, being the ungrateful, the merciless, the selfish, and the prideful. We, being the ones worthy of Eternal Damnation but given Grace instead. We, being the unforgiving became the Forgiven. Isaiah 53:3-6, 12 reveals how we are guilty of accessory to murder:
“He was despised and rejected. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. We did not care. It was our weakness he carried; and it was our sorrows that weighed him down. He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. The Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
Our sins were accomplices to His death on the cross, but that’s NOT the focus of today (Rom. 5:8). Today we celebrate what His Glorious Resurrection means for those who accepts His lordship. It means we are now counted righteous by God (Isaiah 53:11). It means we have Eternal Life (John 3:16). The Resurrection means we have been justified and the blood of Jesus puts us in right standing with God (Romans 5:1). It means there is NO condemnation of sin, and we do NOT have to walk around weighed down by our past (Rom. 8:1). The Resurrection means for the Believer that sin and death are rendered POWERLESS (I Cor. 15:55-7). It means we all have a personal line of communication to come before God any time about anything (Heb. 4: 14-16). The Resurrection means that through the fulfillment of the Life, Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus we can put our faith and hope in God (I Pet. 1: 20,21). Last but not least, the Resurrection means we are now the children of God, and in His timing we will see our Father face to face (I John 3:1,2).
Today I pray that as we celebrate our hearts would be pierced by the reality that God considered us in the brutal murder and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the unbeliever, I hope you come to know Jesus in the pardoning of your sins. For the believer, I pray you come to know the love, freedom, and victory that now belongs to you as a result of accepting Jesus Christ. The work of righteousness has been done for us, please ACCEPT that truth! Today let us embrace the truth of the Resurrection which is God is able to bring back to life those things that are needed for His Glory. The Resurrection showed the undeniable power of God in Jesus’ life, and I pray that your life does the same. Happy Resurrection Day!- Charity Israel