I’ve been reading a book called The Cross of Christ by John Stott for a theology class, and it’s so good, so thought-provoking, so humbling to read! I could write volumes. But,I’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing truth that without Christ’s death and shed blood we’d have no Easter. I know, blood and death seem like gory subjects as we look ahead to the pristine sweetness of Easter bunnies, colored eggs, and chocolate, but it’s true.
Also, without the cross we’d have no resurrection, and without resurrection there’d be no Easter. The Bible teaches that apart from Christ we remain God’s enemies, irreconcilable, unforgiven, separated from Him both now and eternity. The Bible says unequivocally, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23),
Yet, it’s because Christ’s death on the cross that we can say with confidence, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ became our substitute – he died in our place.
Stott writes, “The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and put himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives that belong to God alone; God accepts penalties that belong to man alone.”
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Take a look at God’s love: falling plates