A reminder of God's great love
It is officially spring! The flowers are in bloom, the trees are budding out, and the grass is green again. There is excitement in the air as we see in God's creation the beginning of new life. Even creation itself seems to echo the sentiment of new life and the joy that it brings. It is no wonder that God chose this time to cause His Son to rise from the grave. As Christians, we get excited about this time of year because it represents the new birth that each Christian has by way of the resurrected Saviour.
But it goes without saying that in order for new life to begin, there first has to be death. For the souls of men, it was our eternal death that was guaranteed to us because of the act of sin. Romans 5:12 says, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Man had no hope of the possibility of redeeming himself. Yet it was in this moment of hopelessness that God made a way to redeem man. Romans 5:6 says, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." God acted upon man's behalf and did something that he could not do in himself - and that is to create life.
It is amazing to think that God afforded all of mankind with the free gift of eternal life. Romans 5:18 says, "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life."
But even greater still is the thought that we were not worthy of the sacrifice of His Son. Romans 5:7-8 says, "For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." It is this thought that humbles even the proudest heart. When I view myself properly, I see an unrighteous man, an enemy of God, not worth saving. However, through the sacrifice of His Son, I am now "... reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." (Romans 5:10)
It is overwhelming to consider that, regardless of my initial sinful state, I can now have joy because of Jesus Christ's death on the cross and have eternal life because of His resurrection. This causes me to rejoice all the more. If this is my proper view of my Saviour and of myself, it should cause me such joy and hope that I would not be ashamed to share that joy and hope with others. Romans 5:5 says, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
As we approach this week of Easter and think on the great gift of a perfect Son, given by a loving God for such lowly sinners such as ourselves, let us respond in joy of the resurrected Saviour and share with others the free gift of eternal life.
Written by Andy Horner