Good morning and Welcome to Church! Today we celebrate the Resurrection! In much of Christian life we talk about the fact that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. And that is absolutely true. But, while that’s an important part of the story, it is just part of the story. This below is, what some might call, “the rest of the story.”
It is true that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. 1 John 2:2 says, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” He died on the cross to “pay” our sin debt owed to a holy and righteous God. He was the “perfect and spotless Lamb who would be crucified.” His death on the cross showed His humanity.
His death on the cross is only where the story begins. Had the story ended there, then where would that leave us? What would the purpose of that have been? His death on the cross was just the beginning of the story. After He was crucified, He was also buried and there in His burial is where His humanity was laid to rest but His deity, His divine nature, could not die. It was in His burial that He shed the perishable to be clothed with the imperishable.
So our Lord was crucified and our Lord was buried. But that can’t be the end. What kind of story of salvation would that be? No. The GOSPEL story doesn’t revolve around those 2 events. The GOSPEL story is centered on the final part of the story, which is that even though He was crucified and buried, on the 3rd day He arose and broke the chains of bondage that had held mankind ever since sin entered the world.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says it best: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Today we celebrate the Resurrection because it is in the Resurrection that death was defeated, and new, eternal life can be realized through faith in Jesus Christ! So, where are you in this process? Does your life need to be resurrected? Do you need to break the chains of bondage to sin? Maybe you need to break the chains of bondage to “the acts of religion” and be FREE to truly worship and serve the Resurrected Lord!
All for Jesus,