“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” ~Colossians 1:19-20
This is the time of year when the grass starts to get green again, the trees start to bud, and flowers begin to bloom. I’ve seen several new calves and foals frolicking in the pastures, too. After several long months of winter when everything is dead and drab, spring time is a time for new life!
Most of us know the Easter story: of how Jesus was crucified, buried, and on the 3rd day rose from the dead! Because Jesus was sinless, pure, holy, and perfect, His death paid the price for our sins, reconciling us back to God and sanctifying us from our sins. No other act or sacrifice could have done this for us.
To reconcile something means to put back on friendly terms, to end a conflict. Our human nature is sin-soaked, and this sin puts us at enmity with God (Romans 8:6-7). Because Christ died for us, when we then put our trust in Him, He saves us from our sins and covers us with His blood. The hostile breach and separation from God because of our sin is then remedied by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we are able to be one with the Father in a personal relationship with Him.
To sanctify something means to make something or someone holy, to free someone from their sins. Jesus sanctified us by paying the price for our sins. When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and receive His free gift of Salvation, we are freed from our sins, and the bondage of sin, as Romans 6 talks about.
This is the good news of the Gospel of Christ! Jesus provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins, and be purified from our unrighteousness. We have the opportunity to accept His free gift of Salvation and be transformed into a new creation. He offers us new and eternal LIFE!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” ~Romans 6:4
This time of year is a time to remember what Christ did for us by dying on the cross; but it’s also a time to celebrate the new life He has given us!
If you haven’t already trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, I encourage you to consider it. Talk with someone who can answer your questions. This is the biggest decision you’ll ever make, and it will be life changing!
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