Words from the Heart for Friday March 23rd, 2018
He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Romans 4:25 (NLT)
Raised to Life
The death of Jesus on the cross was all important in order to cleanse us from our sins. And, His resurrection was also vital. Because He conquered death and was raised again from death to life, He makes it possible for us to be free from our sin and to rise up from the old life to live victoriously for Him. We have a completely new standing with God.
Canadian athletes arrived in South Korea this past February in preparation for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan and his Olympic teammates moved back and forth trying to keep warm as South Korean dancers performed a few metres away. With Governor General Julie Payette and Kirsty Duncan, minister of sport and persons with disabilities looking on, the Canadian flag was raised in the athletes village. After the flag was raised the Canadian athletes joined the dancers.
Easter weekend is filled with mixed emotions. On Good Friday we celebrate solemnly the death of Jesus Christ. On Resurrection Day we celebrate with joy and exuberance the rising of Jesus from the grave. Both events are necessary for our salvation. Paul puts it clearly and succinctly in Romans 4:25: “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” The old hymn puts it this way: “living He loved us, dying He saved us, buried He carried my sins far away. Rising He justified, freely forever, one day He’s coming, o glorious day.” This is exactly what Paul is saying. Jesus had to die in order to be a sacrifice for our sins. He took the punishment that justice demands for our sins. In this we are saved, forgiven and cleansed. When He burst forth from the grave on that first Easter morning, He guaranteed that all who put their faith in Him can stand before a holy God enjoying the eternal and abundant life that His resurrection guarantees. What a profound mystery and a most amazing experience.
These have been words from the heart.