As the sun rises upon today this Easter Sunday, it is with joy I think upon the accomplishment of Christ on the cross and what it means for the Christian.
With sin tainting the veins of every human, the creature created from dirt and deserving eternal punishment for the sin they commit, there comes an all sufficient Saviour, who gave up His throne and took on the likeness of sinful man and dwelt among us. (Philippians 2:7)
This Saviour who was told of in the prophet Isaiah’s words came to save His people. (Matthew 1:21) He had a mission to accomplish and He did so on the cross.
What was that mission? Three attributes of that mission are accomplished in this way.
1. The destruction of death is accomplished on the cross.
Death came into this world by the eating of that of which God said not to. (Genesis 2:17)
2. His people are saved by what is accomplished on the cross.
The angel said to Joseph in Matthew 1:21 that Christ “will save His people from their sins.” And in this He gives them eternal life and nothing or no one will snatch them from His hand. (John 10:28) and in that nothing will separate his people from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)
3. God’s glory is shown in what is accomplished on the cross.
For the glory of God are His people saved. God declares it himself in Eziekiel 36:22 that he does not save for our sake, but for the sake of His holy name. Christ affirms this in the garden by putting God’s will first (Matthew 26:39) and being obedient to the point of death. (Philippians 2:8)
Moreover, it said that for all these things it will be done for the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)
Therefore, all of which Christ was sent to accomplish was done on the cross and declared accomplished in Christ’s words “It is Finished.”
This is when God’s people were saved from that point until he comes back every one of His people are save. His chosen, his elect, his children are saved by the accomplishment on the cross. Not by anything they have done or will do, but solely on what He did. This being planned before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4-6) To say it’s by anything we do or are responsible for is to take that accomplishment away because He did not do anything to make it possible, but to completely accomplish the will of God, for the glory of God.
Oh believer, take joy in knowing that you were saved from the clinch of death on that day in which our all-sufficient Saviour was nailed to the cross and buried and resurrected on the third day.
Be joyful in this truth this Easter Sunday. That the Creator of all the universe “shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)
Soli Deo Gloria