I am SAVED.
Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. To acknowledge Jesus as who HE is and HIS mission- is truly what it is all about. Often people ask, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” “Wasn’t there another way?” Ultimately, the consequences of our sins would lead to our death. The only way to save us from ourselves and the consequence of death through our sins was for God to beat it with death. The death of Jesus Christ. His blood was spilled so that we would not have to face our own death of eternal life. Jesus through his death on the cross gave us eternal life – SALVATION.
Let’s dig into this a little deeper.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
God says that a person who sins must die (or be punished). BUT, we get the free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus. This is why Jesus had to die on the cross. He gave us the pathway to righteousness to be able to be with God Himself.
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” – John 1:4
Bringing light to everyone is exciting news to me. We no longer have to walk in darkness. We have a lighted pathway guiding our every step. Walking in darkness leads to walking in our own transgressions which usually ends up in walking in sin. This however is a choice. We can choose to walk in darkness or we can choose to walk in the lighted path that Jesus provides.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
John MacArthur says it beautifully, “The Son’s mission is bound up in the supreme love of God for the evil, sinful ‘world’ of humanity that is in rebellion against Him.” 1 It amazes me that Jesus was lifted up on the Cross to take away any Judgment that you and I should have received. It’s a humbling thought actually.
“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life...” – John 3:35-36a
I love this. It is an immediate response when we accept Christ. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” (Emp. add.) We don’t have to earn it. We don’t have to do anything but believe.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
How do you respond to this gift? I admit I often take it for granted. It is those times when I read a passage describing what Jesus did for us I remember and respond with great gratitude. This past Sunday I watched – The Passion and through the beautiful music and interpretation I was brought to my knees. As the tears fell down I looked up, thanking our Father for His great sacrifice.
I end this today how I started last week.
I am SAVED.
“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:11-13
Whoever believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Isn’t this Great News!! There is such simplicity in this verse. Reminds me of the statement “it’s not about what you do, but who you know”.
As we head into all our Easter Celebrations, let us not forget. Let us remember that through His death on the Cross – we are Saved. But let us also not forget the next important thing - that Jesus rose from the dead, and for this, we can praise and thank God for all eternity.
Debbie L. Wayns
1 The MacArthur Bible Commentary – John MacArthur