“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life…but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
1 Peter 1:18-19
My life has meaning and purpose that will live after I am gone. Not everyone can say that, but I am more certain of that than anything except that I will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. If you can’t make those statements, you need to examine the true meaning of Easter.
All religions claim to offer “a way” to God, only Jesus Christ claimed to be “the way, the truth, and the life.” Only Jesus promised salvation from God’s judgment and the certainty of eternal life, rather than a hope of maybe being good enough. No path I can follow or deed I can perform will make me good enough to earn it. Salvation is a gift from the only man good enough, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
As the only innocent man who ever lived hung on a cross, His life’s blood pouring onto the ground below, the world was plunged into darkness and He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The sins of every person who ever lived or will live, were placed on Him, and God, the Father, turned His back because a holy God cannot look on sin.
God accepted His sacrifice at the exact moment the lambs were being sacrificed in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus’ cry of, “It is finished,” meant the debt owed to God for the sins of mankind was paid in full, and He gave up His spirit and died. When I accept the forgiveness He offers for my sin, paid by the shedding of His blood, He grants forgiveness and eternal life as a gift.
Gifts aren’t earned, they are given. They only become a gift when the receiver accepts them. Have you accepted the free gift of salvation from Jesus Christ?
If you can’t make the statement I can, accept God’s gift of forgiveness this Easter. When God looks at you, He will see the forgiveness paid for by Jesus Christ, and you will be good enough, through no act of your own, but by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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