Easter Brings Rejoicing, We are Forgiven, and God Gives Us The Benefits of His Grace

Easter Brings Rejoicing, We are Forgiven, and God Gives Us The Benefits of His Grace
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We have had a glorious week and weekend celebrating Easter. We celebrate Easter Sunday as perhaps the Holiest day of the Christian calendar. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the grave after He died for our sins on the cross. Easter gives us an opportunity to reflect on its impact: Jesus became sin for us, so that we can live blameless lives before God. Easter means that we are reconciled with God, and that we cannot be separated from God.

On the cross, Jesus paid for our sins, and gave us Grace which is unmerited forgiveness. God will not tolerate sin, but when He looks at us, what He sees in our lives is the shed blood of Jesus. As one of our friends explains, Jesus has the ability to work in the infinite. On the cross, Jesus reached back in time and He grabbed up all of the sins that were ever committed, and He reached forward in time and grabbed up every sin that will ever be committed. And as another friend says, Jesus “Flexed” up all that sin into His body on that tree. Jesus accepted God’s punishment for our sin. In addition, we see in the Book of Romans that God will “…graciously give us all things”. As the writer exclaims “No one” can condemn us because God has forgiven us: Romans 8:31-34 (NIV) 

‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

The YouVersion Bible Plan “Holy Week Explained” says:  “Good Friday is Good News because Jesus’ death announces that there is forgiveness for all sins. His blood pulls back the curtain of God’s mercy and now all people can be forgiven and saved from a death that would otherwise be deserved.” 

Wherever you are, we want you to know that we are sharing the Good News that Jesus died for everyone, that includes everyone from the time of Adam and Eve, to the two thieves who died on the crosses beside Him, and to us today. This also means that we will never be separated from God. As it says in the Book of Romans:

Romans 8:35-39 (NIV) ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

 Jesus took all of our sins. Stop right now. Accept His forgiveness in your life. This is the Good News!


We love you and God Bless

Pastors Willie and Rochelle McIntosh

 

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