By Dawn Hill – Lovesick Scribe
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV
Each year, we as believers in Christ remember and celebrate the crucifixion, burial, and glorious resurrection of our beloved Lord and Savior because He atoned for our sins, He satisfied the wrath of God as the spotless Lamb, and His resurrection gives us the promise of everlasting life found by grace through faith in Him alone. He has overcome the grave. It is truly good news. No other religion can testify of an empty tomb. Our King sits at the right hand of the Father, and we can say with confidence and assurance that He is alive!
The beauty of Christ’s resurrection is not to be lost on us. We have a reason to rejoice every moment of the day because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. It is not reserved for one day or weekend a year. This is to be in the forefront of our thoughts and understanding as believers in Christ. This verse in 1 Peter 1:3 reminds us of the posture we are to have before the Lord for what He has done. We are to praise Him for His mercy, His grace, and His eternal promises. It is because of Him that we have the inheritance as children of God. It is His love and faithfulness which sustain us in trying and difficult times while on this earth. Our beautiful Lord and Savior bled and died and rose again.
When we gather corporately to worship Him and to meditate on the Word of God and Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, may our thoughts remain fixed on His finished work for our salvation. May we ponder on the Son of God who was led like a lamb to the slaughter and whose appearance Scripture describes as “marred, beyond human semblance and his form beyond that of the children of mankind.” (Isaiah 52:14) May we call to our remembrance Isaiah 53, which speaks of Jesus Christ. May we ponder the gospels and remember the cross is also empty as our Savior rules and reigns and lives forever. Death has no sting any longer because of Him. We rejoice in the joy of His salvation. He lives. There is no better news than the Gospel.