We come to the pinnacle of our Christian calendar, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Tomorrow we will be reminded that sin has a price and that it has been paid for in full by Jesus’ death on the cross. When I think of the idea of it being paid for in full I consider the many that are still allowing guilt to hold them back. Even though they have asked for forgiveness with a true heart of repentance, they still feel guilty for their past actions. We can recall verses like “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” * (Romans 8:1 NIV)
And still many allow guilt to hold them back, but tomorrow let us look again to the reality of who Jesus is, God the Son. There was no greater sacrifice than the death of Jesus Christ, therefore the verses of Col 1:21-22 should ring clearly in our ears, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” * (NIV)
These are powerful and freeing words, “without blemish and free from accusation.”
I think of the words to the woman caught in adultery after the people had left, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” * (John 8:10-11 NIV)
No condemnation, yes freeing words and this is the heart of the message of Easter Friday. And as we move from there to the words “leave your life of sin” or as some version state “go and sin no more” we need to come to the message of Easter Sunday, for it is in the works of the cross we can find forgiveness and in the resurrection that we can find the power of a risen Christ at work in us to overcome sin. Too often we say we can’t do it, and that is true we can’t, but the rest of the story is that God can, with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. As Eph 1:18-20 states, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” * (NIV)
In and through the Lord Jesus Christ we have all we need to live the victorious life he has called us to live. May we together this Easter, find in the remembrance of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, a fresh and transforming glimpse of who Jesus is and who we are in Him.
Rev. Rex E Rigby