Easter will be upon us in a few days. As with every holiday, the stores have been packed with the items specific to it. In this case, there are eggs, bunnies, chocolate and crosses everywhere! Joy is in the air! However, for a Christian, Easter is both bitter and sweet. It marks the memory of the time in history when their Savior, Jesus Christ, died a horrific death on the cross. He was God’s son, who lived a sinless life yet was plotted against and died on that cross an innocent man.
WHY? Why did Jesus have to die? WHY THE CROSS?
I believe you know the story. We’re told in Genesis 3 that Satan used the serpent to craftily twist what God said, and by doing so enticed Adam and Eve into doing exactly what God had told them NOT to do. God had given them the free will to choose to obey. Instead, they made the choice to disobey God and eat of the forbidden tree.
Now, they became appointed to die, and the rest of mankind along with them. But they didn’t die physically right then and there. They no longer had eternal life. Their sin separated them from their creator and they hid from Him because of their nakedness. No more would they enjoy the carefree fellowship of God every evening. All of mankind would suffer the same fate and have no hope of reconciliation with God. Can you imagine their anguish?
But God had a plan! He covered Adam and Eve’s nakedness with the skin of an animal. This became the first blood sacrifice for the atonement of sins. Thus, over the years the sacrificial system was put into place with those who loved God. Every year families would have to offer a perfect sacrificial lamb for their sins.
God’s plan also involved Jesus. He knew He would send Jesus, His Son, to restore fellowship with mankind. This was prophesied throughout the Old Testament, pointing to a Messiah who would come to offer the world the way back to fellowship with God.
And this did happen!
We read of it in each of the four Gospels of the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were all followers of Jesus. They recorded in their gospels that He, the Lamb of God, would take away the sins of the world by dying on the cross. He was the final sacrifice needed for the atonement of sins; no need to tuck that perfect little lamb under your arm as you head to church. Jesus is that perfect lamb!
Oh, and remember that consequence of death that came with Adam and Eve’s disobedience? It is null and void for the believer in Jesus Christ because Jesus defeated sin, death and hell when He ROSE AGAIN from the grave!
He is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father but by Him. (John 14:6)
Now we can be reconciled to God by His GRACE through faith in Christ alone. No more special rituals or works are to be done to gain God’s favor. It only comes through Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8,9) And we can enjoy restored fellowship with God as He helps us live a godly life here on earth. Those who by faith follow Jesus also look forward to eternal life with Him in Heaven. What a glorious future!
What about you?
Like Adam and Eve, we still have a choice between good and evil. There is lots of evil in this world today. And Satan is still beguiling many by offering lies and false religions to keep people from the One God, who is truly good. Death with Satan or life with Christ.
Have you made your choice?
Say yes in the comments if you believe in Jesus!
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