Jesus Saves | Romans 10:9
FROM THE CROSS, TO THE GRAVE. JESUS SAVES.
As we head into April, we know that the ‘Easter’ holiday is looming. Usually the supermarkets are filled with Easter eggs, and our cupboards might be too. But of course in light of this pandemic, Easter is looking a little bit different for a lot of us this year. Nevertheless, we cannot forget the real reason that we are celebrating this season – Jesus Christ. No matter where we are or how we are celebrating, the message still remains the same. That is, Jesus saves.
The message of God’s saving grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is a message that we need not only during this pandemic season, but also every single day of our lives. That’s because the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are both integral parts of our Christian faith. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to have the faith that we have. Through both we are truly able to experience God’s love for us and His saving grace.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is such an important and powerful topic – one that requires diligent study to truly understand the depths of it. Let me be honest, although I’ve been a born-again Christian for almost 4 years now, it’s a topic that I’ve only just begun to truly understand. So in today’s blog, I’m just going to cover the basics.
FROM THE CROSS…
As a result of the fall of man in Genesis 3, we were born into sin before we had even ‘sinned’ in the physical sense. You see when Adam and Eve decided to sin, they bought sin and destruction into the whole world. As a result, we were born into a life where we were already sinners separated from our Creator. God is Holy but we were sinful. Unfortunately, that sinful life that we lived did not come without its consequences. It wasn’t free, it incurred a ‘debt’. A debt that we could never pay. Imagine for a second having a debt of £100,000,000; that’s the magnitude of the debt that we incurred. The real result of that debt was death. Not just a physical death, but an eternal death completely separated from God.
But, Jesus saved us from that eternal death…
Jesus came as a man who was sinless with no debt of His own. He saw the debt that we couldn’t pay, and He decided to pay it for us. Let’s say, He went to the bank for us and said “don’t worry, I’ll pay all of the debt”. His death on the cross was His way of paying the price and clearing the debt for us. He died for our sins and so our debt was payed…
…And it does not end there.
Jesus died on the cross but on the third day, He was raised from the dead in glory, victory and power. But what exactly does this mean? If Christ had already paid the debt by dying on the cross, why is the resurrection so important?
- Firstly, the fact that Jesus rose from the dead is fundamental to our faith. Because Christ rose from the dead, as He promised, we know that everything He said was true. He was not merely a man, He is truly the Son of God. The Resurrection confirms the truthfulness of Jesus’ life and word. When He said “I am the resurrection and the life.” in John 11:25, He wasn’t lying. The Resurrection shows that Jesus actually had the ability to die for our sins, so that we could be forgiven. If there was no resurrection, Jesus would’ve just been another human being like the rest of us. Our faith would be pointless and we would still be dead in our sin. Because He rose, we have certainty that our sins are forgiven – our debt has truly been wiped clean.
- Secondly, not only are we forgiven for our sins, we have been raised to eternal life. In John 11:25, Jesus goes on to say “Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” Because Jesus rose and defeated death, we know that we will also be raised. We know that even after we die a physical death, we will truly be raised to eternal life with God.
- Lastly, and probably most important during this current pandemic season, Romans 8:11 says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we see God’s power at work like never before. What’s even more amazing and unimaginable is that the same Spirit that raised Jesus lives in us too. That means that God’s mighty power is at work in us too. That’s why we can proclaim that no weapon formed against us shall prosper! If God can raise Jesus from the dead, imagine what He can do in our lives!
Sis, we don’t even have to do anything to earn this. Jesus’ death on the cross, and His resurrection from the grave as an atonement for our sins is a free gift from God . The only thing that we have to do is believe it and receive it. When we do, we are no longer destined to eternal death, but to eternal life with God. . We will no longer be overcome by the sin of this world. And, we will experience victory in our lives when we believe in the saving grace of Jesus.
Take time to journal your thoughts;
- What’s the difference between eternal life and eternal death?
- What did Jesus save you from personally?
- What does the death and resurrection mean to you during this current season?
There is soooo much more to cover with this topic so make sure that you take some time to study further.