When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world. Because of their sin, every human enters the world with a sinful disposition; separated from God. It placed all of mankind in a helpless position. And there is nothing we can do to fix it. We can’t make ourselves acceptable to a holy God. It would take a work of God to do the things necessary to restore the relationship.
The restoration between God and man would require a sufficient Substitute to make the payment for our sin. In addition, man’s righteousness that was lost needed to be restored. Works of righteousness on our part cannot take away sin nor restore the relationship.(Titus 3:5) God would have to intervene.
The Perfect Sacrifice
Thankful He did. Jesus Christ came down to earth to be the perfect substitutionary sacrifice for sin. His death on the cross paid for the sin of the world. “He tasted death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). He was buried and three days later He rose from the grave.
If Christ had not risen, we would still be dead in our sins and in a hopeless situation with no possibility of restoration (I Cor. 15:17). But indeed, He did rise from the grave proving that he has the power over sin and death. After He rose, He was seen by five hundred brethren and the apostles (I Cor. 15:6-7). Furthermore, His death, burial, and resurrection is sufficient to restore our relationship with the Father, because He paid our sin debt and imputes his perfect righteousness to everyone that believes.
Although we are helpless, we are not hopeless, because Jesus Christ did all the work necessary to bring us back to the Father. His resurrection is proof that He is the Lord and that whoever believes in Him can rest their hope fully upon His grace that is “to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13).
Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen; He is risen indeed!
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Short and sweet, because Jesus Christ did ALL the work!
Happy Resurrection Day, George! Thank you for these messages.
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Thanks Ed. He paid it all!
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