Wednesday, April 23, 2014
R - RESURRECTION
I have been remiss and have fallen behind on writing my A to Z Blogs. I have no excuse really. So here is my "R" installment to the A to Z Blog Challenge.
The Easter Holiday means different things to different people. To some, Easter is the celebration of the arrival of Spring, all things that were dead become alive again.
To others, and by others I mean Christians, Easter is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Nazarene, the Christ, God's Messiah. It is the most significant event to have occurred in all of human history.
Here's a Reader's Digest version of what I mean. God created everything and saved the best for last. He created man and then woman and placed them in the Garden of Eden. At that point God saw what He had created and pronounced it to be "very good."
Now please understand that God is perfectly Holy and cannot have any association with, relationship to, or any contact with "Sin." The first man and woman sinned against God by disobeying Him and eating of the forbidden fruit. The day that that happened, as a result of their disobedience, Adam and Eve died spiritually and would eventually die physically.
Since Adam and Eve, mankind has been sinning against God in various ways. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. He also wrote in that same letter that the wages of sin is death.
God took care of mankind's sin problem by sending His beloved Son to live a perfect sinless life and pay the penalty of death for all of our sin. He paid a debt He did not owe. We owe a debt we could not pay. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross of Calvary. He arose from the grave three days later. Because He lives we live because the wages of sin have been paid on our behalf. We have been reconciled back to God. That is why the resurrection of Jesus is the most significant event in human history.