THE FOLLOWING POST COMES FROM MY FAVORITE GUEST BLOGGER: My Wife, Sheila.
It’s the day before Easter, and I am taking time to reflect on the cross. After reading an article in the morning paper about a teenager from Florida who was brutally murdered by several other teenagers, I found myself greatly troubled. The crime was so heinous and gory that it was hard to shake out of my mind. I started to pray for the family of the boy who was killed and then asked God to enact justice upon the criminals. Finally I worked up the heart to pray that God would bring these teenagers to repentance.
As I was praying, I was reminded of the words that Jesus spoke to a crowd on a mountainside, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matthew 5:21-22). My thoughts turned towards myself and my own sin. Can I honestly say that I have never gotten angry with anyone? That I have never thought an unkind thought about someone? Maybe even a hateful thought? Romans 3:10 tells us, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Put me in front of a holy God and I am guilty. God has every right to ‘enact justice’ upon THIS criminal. There is a penalty, there is a sentence, and that penalty is death, that sentence is separation from God.
And this brings us to the cross. On Good Friday, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Thankfully Christ paid the penalty for my sin, along with the sins of the whole world. By his resurrection Christ has won victory over sin, death and the grave. He asks only that I receive this gift by faith, “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8). The promise is eternal life for all who believe (Romans 6:23).
Tomorrow is Easter and I will be celebrating what Christ did for me, and what he accomplished through the cross and his resurrection – the only hope there is for ALL of us.
“PRAISE GOD, THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. GOD IS SO GOOD, AND BY RAISING JESUS FROM DEATH, HE HAS GIVEN US NEW LIFE AND A HOPE THAT LIVES ON.“
1 PETER 1:3