Dear fellow disciple-maker,
This Easter Sunday believers all over the world will reaffirm their belief that Christ Jesus was raised from the dead. This historic event is recorded in detail in the New Testament Gospels: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20-21.
I find it impossible to exaggerate the privilege that I feel in my heart regarding our Christ's death, burial and resurrection. I hope you will take a few minutes this week and re-read the final chapters of these four Gospels and allow your heart to consider the personal difference Easter makes in your life. The personal difference Jesus makes is found in His blood, His Spirit and His presence.
The crowning proof that God loves us is the death of Jesus on the cross. This is the foundation of the gospel. Because Jesus shed is blood on the cross, the righteous anger God felt toward sin and sinners was averted. Furthermore, by his blood our sins are pardoned. And finally, by his death and resurrection Jesus became our righteousness now and forever. God totally accepts us because the righteousness of Christ is credited to us by faith. Jesus saves sinners by His blood. We live a pardoned life. This is the Easter difference.
The inward proof that God loves us is that He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. This is the provision of the gospel. Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). Through the gift of God's Spirit, we know that we are no longer spiritual orphans but are now and forever adopted into God's family. The Spirit of God in our hearts makes and keeps us conscious that we are God’s children. We are not fearful. We have a Father who genuinely identifies himself with our welfare. We live an adopted life. This is the Easter difference.
photo courtesy of Steve Evans
The daily proof that God loves us is that He is our God today and forever. No matter what our circumstances, God is with us. This is the promise of the gospel. God established a covenant relationship with Abraham to be his God (Genesis 17:7). The same promise given to Abraham is offered to everyone who puts their faith in Jesus (Galatians 3:15-20).
Because of His comprehensive promise to be our God, we have his guidance and unlimited access to the throne of Grace. God is always near. He sees and hears everything. He knows our struggles and hears our prayers. We live a guided life. This is the Easter difference.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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