Easter has come and gone. But the truths it contains will never “be gone”. It’s not about Easter bunnies and pretty colored eggs. It is about Springtime and new life. Jesus came to bring new life to us. And that word “new” is not just a concept like new clothes to wear. It’s totally “new” like regenerated, new, like new life growing in the womb. When Jesus said we must be 'born again' to Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin of Jesus day, he asked, “can a man climb back into the womb?”
No, but Jesus came to make us new creatures. Before Jesus, we had a sin nature which made it very difficult if not impossible to live a pure life. Adam’s sin nature came down through the blood line to all of us tainting our very DNA.
When Jesus came, He first prepared us for our new life by teaching us about the Father and His magnificent love for each of us. Then He offered Himself up as the required sacrifice to pay our sin debt. He went through betrayal, scoffing, mental torment, an object of men’s hatred and scheming. Though totally innocent of any sin (His Father was not Adam, but the Holy Spirit, so He did not have Adam’s blood to infect Him). Yet He stood before human judges and submitted Himself to their scorn.
He was scourged mercilessly, tied to a pole while pieces of His flesh were torn away by the sharp nails and bone bits at the end of the whip. The Roman soldiers were pros and knew how to inflict the worst pain possible. Then Jesus’ bloody body was made to carry the tree of His crucifixion up to Golgotha outside the city. There again they pounded nails through His wrists where all the nerves endings were, once more inflicting the most excruciating pain. Then they lifted the cross up planting it in the ground so His body hung by it’s wounded flesh. He hung for three hours during which the thick curtain in the temple that covers the Holy Place was suddenly torn in two, symbolizing that now there was full access to our God. Jesus death fulfilled the many prophesies written about it in the Old Testament. The final one just before He died when He said, “I thirst”, and they wet a ‘sponge’ with sour wine and lifted it to His mouth~
John 19:28-30 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said in fulfillment of the Scripture, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was placed there; so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a branch of] hyssop and held it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit.
After suffering this horrible price to pay off our debt, Jesus rose from the dead three days later. Easter Sunday! What a joyful time! It was such a delight to His friends, and to all of us! Jesus, our Savior, has freed us from the chains of of the enemy.
We are free to choose Jesus’ gift of redemption and have Him live inside of us. As Lord of our life we have a helper, a teacher, a comforter as our personal guide through our lifetime. It offers us the opportunity to know our God, to develop an intimate relationship with Him, for we are made new creatures with God’s DNA; we are washed free from the old sin nature.
Our new relationship with our God is so beautiful! We come to know Him in a one-on-one way, growing in love with Him as a response to His marvelous love for us. This enviable connection is open to us by choice. His love flows to us and through us enabling us to grow into more loving people. It is the ultimate answer to the chaos in our world today. Come my friends, I invite You to know the love of our wondrous God! You can choose it!