Many Christians immediately think of the resurrection when Easter comes to mind. However, we cannot get to the celebration of the resurrection without going to the cross. For those of you who are parents, I would like you to take a moment and imagine a scenario with me. You and your precious little one have gone to the store to pick up some items for a family picnic. You are both excited about having this special time together and preparing for the picnic. As you are deciding between which types of meat to purchase, you turn around and notice that your child is missing. Panic immediately consumes you. You frantically search up and down the aisles to try and find your little one. You cry out to God to bring your child back to you safely. After what seems like an eternity, a store employee brings your curious child back to you. You stand in the middle of the store crying and hugging your child. I pray that this never happens to you. However, just thinking about that situation gives us a very small taste of how God must have felt when He freely gave His Son for us.
Because of mankind’s sin, we were all separated from the holiness of God. Some of you may have thought, “I am really not that bad.” In saying or thinking this, what you really are doing is comparing yourself to others. It is easy to start placing sins on a scale or shelf, determining which ones are really bad and the ones that are pretty minor. However, according to James 2:10, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” Therefore, sin is sin. There are not categories or degrees of it. We are supposed to compare ourselves to God. In making this comparison, even our best is not good enough; “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).
Therefore, a payment for these sins had to be made. Out of Christ’s love for mankind He stepped in our place and paid the price with His death on the cross. Some of us believe we are not worthy of such a sacrifice. Value is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “relative worth, utility, or importance.” Jesus thought everyone was worth going to the cross, even those who do not know or even love Him. He paid this price with His blood. I have a question for you. If you were to go to a fancy restaurant and look at the expensive menu, would you order differently if you knew that someone else was paying the bill? I think if we were all honest, we would have to say yes. Well, I will let you in on a little secret; the bill has already been paid. You and I need to live like it. For Christ’s sacrifice on the cross not to be in vain, we must let go of our past and cling to Christ. Paul tells us in Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Repent means to turn. Everyone has to turn from the old towards our new lives’ in Christ.
I want to leave you with this video, “Lead me to the Cross” http://youtu.be/rPEfoTLIXJw. I challenge you to take some time today and reflect on the sacrifice that Christ made for you and I on the cross.
If you have not accepted Christ into you life, I urge you to not wait another day. No one knows how long he or she will be on this earth. Take the time today to have the assurance of your own salvation. I would be more than happy to walk you through this and pray with you. Please comment on the blog or email me and I will get right back with you. Do not let Christ’s sacrifice for you be in vain. Accept the gracious, loving gift He wants to freely give to you.