Greetings brothers and sisters in the Lord!
We are now on the other side of Easter as seen in the death and resurrection of Christ. His death on the cross was seen by the world as a tragic failure, yet it was the definite plan and foreknowledge of God. Christ was taken away, put to death and judged as a common criminal who had done no wrong, no violence, and as Scripture states, “there was no deceit in his mouth” (Isa 53:9).
But Christ’s death as seen by God and later by many believers was seen as a glorious victory! As Acts 2:23 tells us, it was the “foreknowledge of God.” It was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin… (Isa 53:10). This was God’s divine master plan and the only way for humankind to come back into fellowship with God.
Christ’s death was fully voluntary and in our place. He poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sin for the whole world. The gift of himself, in our place, bearing our sin, and as a onetime offering for all. Knowing this fact, I wonder how we’ve allowed it to change our lives. Following Easter morning our lives continue, our work weeks are filled with business as usual. But truly, the fact that Christ rose from the dead and sent His Holy Spirit changes everything.
Now we are able to fight a good fight of faith because the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and walks with us moment by moment. Yes the battle between good and evil continues, but the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts that’s been given to us by the Holy Spirit. We may give in to fear and anxiety at times, that’s our choice and we are human, but the battle has already been dealt with and won by Christ who sets us free!
This is the good news; Christ has won that battle for us! The Holy Spirit continues to pour down on us immeasurable torrents of grace and mercy even though we experience day in and day out the battle between good and evil.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:5-8).
Quoting Henri Nouwen, “The mystery of the spiritual life is that Jesus desires to meet us in the seclusion of our own heart, to make his love known to us there, to free us from our fears, and to make our own deepest self known to us. In the privacy of our heart, therefore, we can learn not only to know Jesus but, through Jesus, ourselves as well” (Daily Meditation on April 17, 2019, “Jesus Makes Our Deepest Self Known”). Be blessed as you serve Christ in this joyous Easter season.
Peace and grace!