Thought For The Day THE REASON FOR THE RESURRECTION!- Jesus' resurrection and empty tomb will forever be our assurance that we have been fully justified!
Romans 4:25 who Jesus was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
The Bible tells us that Christ was delivered up for our sins and raised from the dead for our justification. You may already know why Jesus died for our sins, but do you know the significance of God raising Him from the dead?
Let me give you an illustration to help you understand the significance of Jesus' resurrection.
Let's say that you are living in a foreign country. One day, you happen to break a major rule of the land. You appeal to the king for mercy. He says, “A rule is a rule. I cannot bend the rule for you. What will others say about my integrity? However, if you can find a substitute to take your punishment — three months in jail — I will allow it.”
By God's grace, you find a willing substitute. He goes to prison on your behalf and you don't see him for some time. Days, weeks and months pass by.
Now, how or when will you know that your crime has been fully paid for? When will you be able to rest easy regarding your crime? It is when you see your substitute walking free again! When you see him out of prison, you will know that the sentence has been fully served. You will know that you are now justified and no one can bring a charge against you for your old crime. No longer will you be afraid of the king or his guards coming after you because you know that the one who was punished in your place is now walking free.
Beloved, Jesus, your substitute, paid the debt you could not pay. On the cross, He bore the sins of your entire life. God put it all on Jesus and then He punished Jesus for every single one of those sins until He was fully satisfied. And because He was so pleased with what Jesus had done, He raised Him from the dead.
Today, Jesus' tomb remains empty. He is not there for He has risen! His resurrection and empty tomb will forever be our assurance that we have been fully justified. You no longer have to be afraid of God judging you for your sins. His justice is on your side today!
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice (Genesis 22:18).
In Genesis 12:2 God spoke to Abraham and said, "…I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing." You’d observe that this was entirely God’s idea. Abraham didn’t ask to be great; it was God’s dream for him. It’s also important to note that God wanted to make Abraham great so that he (Abraham) could be a blessing.
Having been born again, you’re the seed of Abraham and that means not only are you blessed, you’re also a blessing. God wants others to benefit from your blessing. He already said to Abraham, "…in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed..." Therefore, it’s your calling to be a blessing to your world; it’s your inheritance to effect positive changes in this world! You’re in this world as an agent of change. Therefore, think of ways to positively impact the world of your time.
Many of God’s people agree that God has blessed them, but they need to catch the revelation that they’re the embodiment of a blessing! Galatians 3:29 says "…If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." To be in Christ means you’re born again, and as a result, all the blessings of Abraham are now your present-hour possessions. You’re a bundle of blessings!
You’re the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16); that makes you the embodiment of the fullness of the blessings of God. That’s why it’s a blessing in itself to those you meet, because you carry the blessing of the Gospel. Have this consciousness, and do something today to bless your world.
Dear Father, I thank you for making me the embodiment of divine blessing, such that everything I lay my hands upon prospers, with everyone I meet receiving an impartation of blessings. Thank you for a divine flow of your blessings in me to others, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Peter 3:9; Genesis 26:4; Galatians 3:16
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan:Luke 19:1-27, 1 Samuel 14-15
2 Year Reading Plan: Romans 14:1-11, Psalm 123-124
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living (Romans 14:9).
The Bible lets us know that God laid our sins, along with our sicknesses and diseases on Jesus. He became that brazen serpent Moses raised up in the wilderness, which He Himself had prophesied about "...as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up" (John 3:14). The brazen serpent represented sin and its judgment.
He died on the cross, and to confirm He was truly dead, a soldier thrust a spear through His side, causing blood and water to gush out. Suddenly, the rocks began to crack; the earth heaved and quaked, and darkness eclipsed the earth for three hours. Jesus was dead!
He had been made "sin": "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…" (2 Corinthians 5:21). He descended into hell. He engaged Satan and his cohorts in a spiritual combat, defeated them, and made a public spectacle of them. Jesus triumphed over Satan for all humanity!
After three days, the Son of God came out of the grave victorious. Now, all who believe in Him and confess Him as Lord, become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), with the eminent title of being His "brothers and sisters" (John 20:17). This is what Easter means to us; it’s the celebration of the significance of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; He came to die that we may live. Following His vicarious death for us, we’re now bona fide children of God, superior beings, born with His very nature and life! Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for your love, grace, and infinite kindness. I’m eternally grateful for the salvation which I’ve received in Christ Jesus—my eternal Hero, Champion, and Lord—in whom I have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace! Thank you Lord for making me one with you, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Hebrews 2:10; Colossians 2:10-13
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan:Luke 18:15-43, 1 Samuel 11-13
2 Year Reading Plan: Romans 13:1-14, Psalm 120-122