As we celebrate Easter, I reflect on what this really means for me, for my life. How does this story actually have an impact on my very being today and tomorrow?
The God I serve defeated death. He walked this journey called life, lived as a human, and chose the shamefulness of the cross. We are forever grateful that the story does not end there, for my Saviour, Jesus spent Sabbath in the grave, but come Sunday morning he broke the chains of death itself. He took the punishment, crime that was mine, and came forward victorious in life and hope. He loved me and you enough that He would have travelled that journey if we were the only ones on this earth. What love! John 3:16…”For God so loved that He gave…”
- Through prayer I can bind all work of the devil, of evil that surrounds me. I can do this as I claim the victory that Jesus gained when he rose from the dead…for my life. Sin is defeated, and this is more than a promise for the future – it is a promise for right now. We may have to claim this promise every day, every minute…but the fact is, we CAN claim it!
- Because of the victory Jesus claimed that Sunday morning, I can symbolically give Him all my brokeness, sinfulness, ugliness. These can be buried at the cross, and I can be raised in Jesus’ resurrection. What beautiful symbolism of a reality that is in Jesus! It means that I can come forward now, in life, forgiveness, peace and with hope. My shame is replaced with beauty. My sin is replaced with the purity of Jesus Himself. I do not deserve this. I cannot comprehend it, but I trust scripture. I trust that if my Saviour can conquer death itself, He can conquer the sin in my life.
- My despair and worry can be continually given over to Jesus as He has already locked in hope for the future. This gives me freedom in my every day life. I don’t need to hold onto worry or despair because we can trust our Jesus who dared to live on this earth and die for us.
- Forgiveness is mine. For every sin we commit, every proud thought, we can come to the cross and claim forgiveness, the covering of Jesus over the rubbish in our lives. The flow on effect of this, is it frees us to then be able to forgive others. Forgiving those who have hurt us sometimes feels so impossible, but when we claim the forgiveness of Jesus, His love and grace flows through us and that is what enables us to forgive others. Then once again, we feel freedom, peace and contentment!
- Because Jesus died for ME, YOU…He promises to provide for our everyday life. Sometimes the trusting process can be difficult when we don’t see the full picture, but He urges us to trust.
- Because of that I can symbolically give Him all my brokeness, sinfulness, ugliness, which can be buried at the cross. It means that I can come forward now, in life, forgiveness, peace and with hope. My shame is replaced with beauty. My sin is replaced with the purity of Jesus Himself. I do not deserve this. I cannot comprehend it, but I trust scripture. I trust that if my Saviour can conquer death itself, He can conquer the sin in my life.
- Because of Grace, (God’s undeserved favour over my life), I am not bound by works. I am not living life trying so hard to be good, so I can earn Salvation. Rather, I believe that Jesus has done the work, and so my job is to believe. After that, because of my belief and desire to love others, I do good things. Not TO be saved, but BECAUSE I am saved. Ephesians 2:8,9 puts it so beautifully (actually the whole of Ephesians puts it beautifully!)…Ephesians 2:8-9 New International Version (NIV)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.”
- If Jesus conquered death itself, he has promised to provide for us as we live. He loves us, we are His children. Matthew 7:9-11 puts it this way…(In Jesus’ words) “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! And in Philippians 4:19 Paul writes “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
- Last in my list, but not least at all, is that because Jesus is risen, I have hope for the future. I have hope that sin and Satan are destined for destruction. And with that, comes a hope for a sinless life back here on the recreated earth…for ever! There is hope after death!
Let these selection of words of Revelation chapter 21, give you a picture of eternal life with no sin, no sadness, no brokeness! Be blessed this Easter!
Revelation 21 – A New Heaven and a New Earth
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” …It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children…
The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal…The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 22 – Eden Restored
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.