Today, the ForeverLoved team would love to wish you a Happy Easter – not just because it’s a day full of chocolate, roast lamb and hot cross buns, but because today is the day of salvation, today is the day that we say, “this faith thing is worth it!”
1 Corinthians 15: 2 and 14 reads: “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain… And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (emphasis mine). The gospel Paul is referring to is what Catholics call ‘The Mystery of Faith’ – the belief that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again – and he’s saying that it is only through belief in the resurrection that we are saved, not through our good works or thoughts.
In other words, anyone who calls themselves a Christian must believe in the resurrection, for, if Christ has not been raised then our faith is useless. If you can’t believe that Jesus is mighty enough to conquer death, then how can you believe that He has the power to do miracles? Or the power to give you that job you’ve been praying for? Or the power to heal your sick friend or set them free from depression? The resurrection gives us the confidence to call on God to do the supernatural because we know that He’s already done the impossible; He’s torn the veil in two and removed death’s sting permanently.
Another reason Easter is important is that it has brought us forgiveness from sin. Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins”. It just gets worse, doesn’t it? Without the resurrection, not only is everything wasted, we are stuck in our sin with no way out. If Jesus didn’t die and rise again, God, in His grace, could not make us new, the old things could not fall away (2 Cor 5:17) and we could not enter His presence. You see, Jesus’ blood was spilled as the ultimate sacrifice – the blood of bulls and sheep (Isaiah 1:11) was no longer enough to atone for our sin so God sent His son, the lamb without sin, to die the ultimate death (1 Peter 1:19). Through death, He wiped the slate clean and took the sin of the world upon His shoulders, so that we could finally enter the Holy place and meet with the Father.
Today we declare that He is risen and that through His death and resurrection, He is Lord. The Lamb was slain for us, so that we could have new life, a living faith and finally stand in front of God as spotless as Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus, for dying the death we deserved so that we could live the life you deserve.
By Rhesa Ojomoh
* Here’s a great song of worship for your Easter Sunday.