This coming Easter, wherever we may be, let’s each reflect on the power of the cross. If you’ve been a Christian for a long time you can sometimes become a bit blasé around messages on Christ’s death and resurrection. We’ve heard it all before a thousand times, right?
Others of us will be horrified at the graphic images of the torture of Christ while watching movies such as “The Passion of Christ.” We may be sickened, but we still may not focus on the significance of the cross. Some of us who are new to faith may be wondering how a man’s death on a cross and his resurrection back to life could achieve anything for the whole human race. A miracle, yes, but how does it work?
It’s hard to comprehend isn’t it, how the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who was with the Father and the Holy Spirit before they created the universe, could limit Himself in power and become one of us….human, living life on earth. His great love for us that caused Him to come…that humility….is your sense of trust in this man welling within you? Our God cares deeply about our lives. Our pure God of justice, who never deceives, knows that there must be accountability for sin, and our rebellion against the One who created us must, therefore, be punished. However, rather than us paying the death penalty, our beloved Jesus stepped in and died in our place. Can you feel your thankfulness welling up within?
Believers are now righteous before God. But then the love goes further and the power rises higher, as the Father and the Holy Spirit raised Jesus back to everlasting life, conquering Satan’s power over sin and death. Can you feel the power of your God making you stronger? Ascending to Heaven God then sends the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, to live within every believer. Do you recognise the power that God has gifted us? Through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection we get to live forever, and in His power, we have the capacity to heal broken people and to also bring them to Jesus and into eternal life. What a privilege!
So let’s look past the symbolism this Easter and soak up the power of the cross gifted to us. Hallelujah! Our God reigns and in Him so do we!