Easter is the first weekend of this month, a time to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus. What does that all really mean to us? Many people know the story, but cannot grasp the true power and love that was expressed through the sacrifice of Jesus. I have been a Christian for almost 40 years and am continually getting revelation on what was accomplished for us in Christ.
Because Adam sinned in the garden, Satan was given the rights over the earth and man came under his power. Jesus came to win back the earth and God’s people. The only way it could be done was through a man who never sinned and then was sacrificed unjustly. Jesus was that man.
God set up ordinances for men to follow to show that in and of ourselves we are not capable of keeping his commandments and doing what is right. Jesus lived and died so we could be seen as not having a righteousness of our own, but one that came through Jesus Christ. As Christians we get saved by faith, but attempt to be right with God through our works. If we do not gain salvation through works, we certainly cannot please God through our works. Titus 3 states that it is not by works which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Trusting God for salvation does not stop when we make Jesus the Lord of our lives. It is an ongoing process. Our trust in God continues throughout our lives in order to grow in our walk with him.
To be a better Christian and to have a deeper relationship with God is dependent on our faith in what his word says about us. We can’t do the works found in the scriptures without trust in God who made it possible for us. We do good and what is right in God’s sight because that’s who he made us to be and what he made us for. It is our purpose. Ephesians 2 says we are saved by grace through faith. It’s not because of the things we do. We are God’s masterpiece created to do good works in Christ. The more we keep this in the forefront of our mind, the more we will act upon it. It won’t be something we struggle with. It will be a process that takes place over time in the same way that a plant flourishes.
My exhortation to us is that we would be mindful of what God’s word says about who we are in Christ. As we mediate on it, we will see ourselves doing what is written on the pages of God’s word. HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!!!!
I am saved by grace through faith. It is the gift of God. It is not because of anything I have done.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.