There’s no better day than Easter Sunday to reflect on what God has done for us through Christ Jesus.
Especially this year, all that is going on around the world as we fight against an enemy that is invisible to the naked eye reminds us that there is next to nothing that we can take for granted. On a day that usually brings more people to church than any other day of the year, the pews are empty.
On a day known for family gatherings, children’s activities, and fellowship with others, immediate families remain home behind closed doors to slow the spread of a virus known as COVID-19. We cannot see it, but the effects are unmistakable, as this fast-spreading virus takes the lives of many loved ones. The elderly and immunocompromised are at greatest risk, and a fear of death has brought the world to its knees.
But there is another invisible enemy that has caused the deaths of many more lives than COVID-19 will take. This enemy is sin, and we were all born with it. We cannot see it, but the effects are all around us. The wickedness, selfishness, pride, and self-indulgence that we observe in the world are a result of sin. The decay and destruction in the world and the natural disasters that we see are a result of the corruption caused by sin.
Because of our sin-nature, we always have a propensity to act in our self-perceived best interest, rather than God’s. As a result, we are perpetually at odds with our creator and eternally separated from Him. God has revealed to us the problem through His Word, the Bible, and whereby the wages of sin is death. This death is not merely physical death, which is inevitable with the corruption of the physical universe because of sin, but separation from God and all that is good and righteous for eternity in hell once our time on earth ends.
There is nothing that any individual can do on his or her own to avoid this fate. No amount of good deeds can eliminate our nature of sin.
The presence of sin is a direct result of God granting mankind the ability to make free choices (please see Do We Have Free Will). In so doing, God brought into existence the manifestation of sin, but He didn’t stop there. He also provided the solution in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the only human who ever lived on earth who did not possess a sin-nature. Because Jesus was supernaturally born through the work of the Holy Spirit, He is not only fully-human but also fully-God. Because He did not have a sin-nature, he was capable of living a life free of sin and was not subject to punishment. Jesus, being an infinite God, was a suitable substitute to atone for the sin of every human who would ever live.
Just before Jesus died on the cross, He declared, ” It is finished!” His death satisfied the full payment for the debt that we owe to God because of sin. There is nothing more that is needed to receive salvation except to put one’s faith and trust in Jesus. It is not something that can be earned. It is a gift from God to those who believe in the name of Jesus as Savior and Lord.
With His resurrection, Jesus defeated the power of death and sealed our eternal destiny with Him.
Jesus is all that we ever need.
This world and all that it contains will pass away. Those whose security and hope is found in anything other than Jesus will suffer loss of all things.
On what are you hanging your eternal security. The choice is yours, but time is running out. Nobody knows if he or she will have even one more hour to live.
See Also: Worldview Series