You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:6-11

Easter is just around the corner. For some this means holidays. For others it will mean chocolate. For many it means nothing. But for those who understand, it means everything.

Our situation was dire. We were powerless to save ourselves. Our ungodliness was like quicksand. Sucking us down to the pit. God, like the desert sun, shines down on us in anger rather than life-giving love. But Christ, like a tree, shades us from God’s righteous judgement, turning His light from anger to life-giving love.

Easter is all about Christ. Who came into our painful world to save sinners. Who endured humiliation at the hands of His creation. He was tortured for His kindness and wounded for His mercy. Crucifixion was the most cursed of deaths. But it was for our reconciliation. Now we live in Him. No longer sinners but saints, justified and at peace with God.

Let’s be thankful for this as we look forward to Easter and show our thankfulness by focusing on Him.

For Today:
  • Do you see that you were powerless to save yourself?
  • What strikes you about Christ’s work on the cross?
  • How can we show thankfulness?

  • Praise God the Father for His righteousness and mercy. 
  • Give thanks for Christ who shields us from God’s righteous justice. 
  • Ask God for His Spirit to fill you and others with thanksgiving this Easter. 

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