Summary: Easter is the ultimate celebration of God's amazing love and grace! Thank God for the Christ, the cross, and the resurrection. Easter is the ultimate celebration—He is risen, He is risen indeed!”
Easter is the ultimate celebration of God's amazing love and grace! The most powerful truth in the entire world is contained in a single word—grace. The ultimate expression of God’s grace is the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). You could do absolutely nothing of merit for yourself. You were totally powerless to live life as God intended it. All of your failures and sins confirmed this.
God extended His grace to you through sacrificing His Son, Jesus Christ, for you upon the cross. God really and truly cares about you, in spite of what you’ve done. This is not just mushy talk or sentimental jargon, and the cross proves it!”
The cross is the supreme evidence of God’s love for sinful humanity. God’s love is far more than mere lip service. The cross is the most profound proof of God’s love that is possible. The fact that Jesus Christ willingly offered Himself to die upon the cross is the greatest demonstration of Divine love known to man. “Scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7–8). This is the most graphic evidence of pure love that you could ever find. It is the kind of love that only God can offer. Thank God for the marvelous love He has shown to you and me!
“At times, I am moved to tears when I reflect upon what Christ did for me at the cross! In light of my own personal pilgrimage that is riddled with sin and shame, I stand in awe of God’s amazing love. Yet, oh—how I thank God for such amazing love that brought about so great salvation, both yours and mine! You see it was God’s love that made it possible for us to be free from our past and enjoy Him forever. Just think—Christ died for you and me!
Pause for a moment to reflect upon the fact that Jesus Christ took your place and died for your sins. Consider the implications of this. Would you want to relive all the horrible, sinful events of your past? Most certainly not! Yet, that is exactly what Christ did for you upon the cross. He felt your pain, your sin, your suffering, and your shame. He became you in every respect, and agonized through every wretched detail of your life. Now, that is truly amazing grace; and it’s motivated by pure, unconditional love. Always remember that God loves you very, very much. The cross proves it and the resurrection confirms it. God raised Christ from the dead, and now He is here today—reaching out to you with His everlasting arms of compassion.
This calls for a celebration of thanksgiving! Thank God for the Christ, the cross, and the resurrection. Easter is the ultimate celebration—He is risen, He is risen indeed!”
Adapted from Introducing THE NEW YOU by Dr. Lewis Gregory http://www.sourceministries.net/go/resources/the-new-you/
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