The Meaning of Easter

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

God established laws and principles to guide us in proper relationship with Him.  That is what He is after – the restoration of fellowship.  Violation of these laws and principles (sin) makes our relationship with Him impossible or, at best, meaningless.

Sin, although it allures with attractive promises, gives nothing good.   It is never satisfied.

It is an aggressive and progressive disease (James 1:14-15) that is accompanied by a constant babel that deafens us to the voice of our own conscience.  What was not OK yesterday becomes OK today as sin “bends*” us to a shape that accommodates more sin.

Romans 6:23 makes it clear that the only satisfactory price for sin is death.  Death and only death can answer sin.  No one can pay and survive.   Blood is necessary to reconcile sin, but our own blood is not good enough.  Otherwise, bloody execution of the guilty would satisfy their debt.

Only the shed blood of a perfect sacrifice is sufficient to cover sin.

Jesus was such a sacrifice.

The prophet Isaiah says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea**, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”  Forgiveness calms our personal storm, by allowing the proper relationship with our Father to be restored.

Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”   Our sincere repentance, with our acceptance of and identification with His work, settles our account.  Indeed, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Free from guilt, we must be people who understand what has been done for us.

*One Hebrew word translated as “sin” actually means “bent”.

**One Hebrew word translated as “sin” actually means “turbulence”.

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Jeremy February 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I like the imagery of the turbulence and God calming said “storm” with His forgiveness because that is precisely how it feels after being allotted to us.

I think an important observation is that sin carries with it two types of guilt. First, it breaks the law and order of God, which carries the guilt of death. This was recompensed by Christ. The second guilt is the shame we feel, and rightfully so, for breaking the heart of God. Time does not forgive sin; God forgives sin, yet sometimes this shame lingers longer than we’d prefer. We must not let it evolve into condemnation for it will plague our minds and paralyze us in Christ. And in obsessing about ourselves we lose focus of fulfilling God’s commandment to love others.

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