The world is once again recognizing that the advance of years –
such as “2014,” is based on the life of Jesus Christ. 2014 years
since His approximate birth. But this is not just an observation
of His birth, but more important, the birth of the Son of God;
the Christ; the Savior of mankind. When the world without Christ
has nothing really to celebrate, there are hundreds of millions
of believers in the risen Christ Jesus, who rejoice in this
miracle of God’s power even over death. And so, as Christians
around the world not only celebrate Christ’s resurrection, but
His love for all mankind in that He was not willing that even one
should perish, but have everlasting life. How will we do that?
He said to believe in Him; that He is the Son of God – and, as
the apostle, John wrote in the Gospel of John, chapter one: “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word WAS God.” He came to forgive and to save all who would
repent and believe in Him and to give His life as a sacrifice for
the sins of all.
Jesus commanded His disciples to spread the Gospel, the Good
News, throughout the world. Why? Because, as in John 3:16: “God
so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever
believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God gave us His Ten Commandments as the ultimate guideline to
life – a guide to our relationships to Him and to each other.
As in all of life, when a person commits a crime, hurts someone,
betrays someone, there is a penalty to pay. Sometimes it leads
to the loss of trust; to broken relationships; and even to death.
But there is always a penalty associated with it – call it
“consequences.” Break a law, go to jail. Well, God saw the
sinfulness of mankind and with sin (law breaking) comes penalty.
He knew that we were not capable of atoning for all our
lawlessness and therefore He sent His Son, Christ Jesus, God in
the flesh, to pay the ultimate price, blood sacrifice, for our
sins. He died on the cruel Roman cross, giving His very life for
each of us.
But that is not the end of the story: He was dead and
buried…but He rose from the grave and so, at this time of the
year again, believers celebrate His victory over death.
There has probably been at least one person in most people’s
lives, who has tried to share the Good News of Christ’s love to
that person. It is only because of the love of Christ in that
person’s life that compels him to do this. Christ invites all to
believe in Him; to be saved from eternal damnation. And there is
compelling reason for that message in several places of the Holy
Scriptures. Ezekiel 3:17-19: (directed toward the house of
Israel, but relevant to us even today) “… give them a warning
from me, when I say to the wicked, you shall surely die; and if
you do not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked of his
wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in
his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if
you warn the wicked and he still doesn’t turn from his
wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity
but you will have delivered your soul.”
True believers in Christ want all to repent and be saved. But
there is only one Savior by whom man can be saved; so it is with
this love that comes directly from God that Christians “proclaim”
the Gospel of the Good News. We approach God thru His Son, “for
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men: the man
Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim:2,5) As Luke writes in the Book of Acts,
4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
Resurrection Sunday is all about New Life. Rejoice!