LOOKING FORWARD

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)

3. Easter invites us to embrace the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice.

 

At Christmas, the Son of God lays aside his glory to be incarnated as the Son of Man. On Good Friday, the Son of Man takes our sinfulness upon himself to fully satisfy the debt we owe Almighty God. On Easter morning, the Father vindicates Jesus to the whole universe by raising him from the grave and—in doing so—destroying the power of sin, death, and hell (Philippians 2:6-11).

 

If I am to understand Easter, I must confess that it’s not just the sin of humanity—but my sin in particular—that caused Jesus to walk up Calvary’s hill.

 

My good works can never appease God—much less please him—but Christ’s perfect work does. This is why Jesus cries, “It is finished!” as he dies (John 19:30). My sin debt is “paid in full” upon his death. As Paul the apostle writes, “God made him who had no sin to be sin [or the “sin offering”] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

We are therefore redeemed by Christ’s works, not our own:

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

 

There is absolutely nothing I can do to earn God’s acceptance because Christ has completely justified me before his Father. His grace is fully sufficient to secure my salvation and to guard my life until he returns or calls me home. In Christ, I am free to live my life in gratitude to him, extending this unearned grace to others as a testimony to his love.

 

Easter changes everything.

 

We no longer have to fear God’s judgment, because Christ has fully satisfied our debt with God.

 

We no longer have to fear dying, because Christ has conquered death and is preparing a place where we will enjoy his fellowship forever.

 

We no longer have to fear rejection by others, because we are as beloved by God as Christ himself.

 

We no longer have to fear our own failure, because Christ is all-sufficient.

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