So, Easter is behind us. The season that began on Christmas, where we herald the arrival of God with us ended with his death, burial and resurrection for our sins. So now what?
Before his crucifixion, when he was praying in the garden, Jeus prayed: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42 I like the KJV wording here). Jesus, knowing what was comming in the next few days, was asking one last time if there was any other way.
But there wasn’t.
The truth of Christmas to the Cross is that Jesus came into our world for one purpose: to provide our only escape from the stain and punishment from sin. Only HE could do that. He cam, lived a sinless life, and provided the only worthy sacrifice for our sins. Paul says in Ephesians that we are not saved for anything we have done or can do, but ONLY by God’s grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-10). His blood washes us clean, and without that, humanity would be doomed.
Isaiah said many centuries before Christ came to this eart that it was by his wounds we would be healed. There is no other way.
We cannot earn it. We do not deserve it. We cannot even choose to believe it, unless he pulls us to him. It is a free gift. The only thing we can do on our own is turn it down. Humanity cannot do anything to gain favor, to earn merit, to somehow qualify ourselfs to receive it. It is purely and simply an unmerited gift of God.
So now the question: what do we DO with this? Jesus died so that we might live. Easter has reminded us of that, but now what?
You probably already know the answer: GO TELL SOMEONE!
At Christmas, we sing “Go tell it on the mountain… that Jesus Christ is born!”
At Easter, we sing “Spread the tidings all around: Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves!
Before Jesus left, he charged his people with one last task: Go make disciples! (Matthew 28:19). That is what Christians are supposed to do – make more Christians! WE have the good news. WE know what Jesus did for us. But what good is that if we don’t tell anyone about it?
In the words of Paul: How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without someone to teach them? (Ro 10:14).