Friday, April 10, 2015

The Reason 4 The Resurrection

Romans 4:25

25 ..who [Jesus] was delivered up bcoz of our offenses, and was raised bcoz 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 u know the significance of God raising Him from the dead?

Let me give u an illustration to help u understand the significance of Jesus’ resurrection.

Let’s say that u are living in a foreign country. One day, u 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 u. What will others say about my integrity? However, if u can find a substitute to take your punishment — 3 months in jail — I will allow it.”

By God’s grace, u find a willing substitute. He goes to prison on your behalf and u don’t see him for some time. Days, weeks and months pass by.

Now, how or when will u know that your crime has been fully paid for? When will u be able 2 rest easy regarding your crime? It is when u see your substitute walking free again! When u see him out of prison, u will know that the sentence has been fully served. You will know that u are now justified and no one can bring a charge against u for your old crime. No longer will u be afraid of the king or his guards coming after u bcoz u know that the one who was punished in your place is now walking free.

Beloved, Jesus, your substitute, paid the debt u 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 bcoz 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 2b afraid of God judging u for your sins. His justice is on your side today!

Joseph Prince Ministries

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