I trust that all is well for you this Easter.
Here are nine statements paraphrasing key Scriptures that, to me, encapsulate the message and meaning of Easter:
- Jesus came into the world in his dual nature as fully God and fully man to save us from our sin (1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 20:28; John 1:29)
- Through his suffering and death on the cross, Jesus became our substitute as the sin-bearer (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:5)
- Jesus’ blood was the eternal, once-for-all sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:11-14), by which we have been forgiven (Matthew 26:28), redeemed (1 Peter 1:18-19), justified (Romans 5:9), cleansed (1 John 1:9) and set free (Revelation 1:5)
- Because Jesus was sinless, death couldn’t keep its hold upon him and he was raised from the dead (Luke 24:6; Acts 2:24), and now lives in the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:25)
- We now have full and free relationship with the Living God through Jesus, and unlimited access to God’s presence anywhere, anytime (Hebrews 10:19-23; Ephesians 3:12)
- Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has conquered and disarmed Satan and his wicked powers (1 John 3:5,8; Colossians 3:5; Hebrews 2:14)
- Jesus’ death and resurrection not only broke the power of sin and Satan, but defeated the power of death (Revelation 1:18; 2 Timothy 1:10)
- Jesus now lives within us through the indwelling and empowering of his Spirit (Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20), whose presence is the guarantee that we shall be raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14)
- Because Jesus lives, we have eternal life (1 John 5:11-12) and, when he returns, we shall be with him forever in heaven (Titus 2:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)
Therefore, let us give heartfelt thanks to God for all that Jesus has done. Let us keep persevering in sharing this good news with whomever, wherever and whenever. Let us renew our commitment to bring this message to those who’ve never heard, especially to least-reached peoples. Let us maintain a dependence on the Spirit’s empowering presence to deliver this message in the Spirit’s power. Let us draw strength from the grace that is available to us through Christ Jesus to do what he has called us to do (2 Timothy 1:8-12; 2:1).
Easter is a time of unshakable hope, unchangeable truth and unfailing love.
Fiona and I extend to you our love and blessing this Easter.
God’s very best,