Happy Resurrection Sunday! As former procrastinators, we know our victory is the holy work of Jesus Christ. He has forgiven us – and continues to forgive when we goof. His Holy Spirit fills and empowers us to live in newness of life – redeemed, changing, filled with purpose, peace, joy.
All of this is ours because Jesus was faithful to fulfill His purpose on earth. He was the Holy Lamb come to sacrifice Himself that we might be forgiven and reconciled to our Holy Father. He never came down off the wall. He completed His mission. He saved us for eternity and for life purpose on earth.
Jesus is the most complete and most wonderful example of faithfulness to what someone is called to. As God and Man He fulfilled His work perfectly.
He, too, had opposition. He had temptations. He had sorrow. But for the joy set before Him, He persevered. Never distracted or diverted.
As the time of his death drew near he set his face to go to Jerusalem. He stayed on the path of His purpose. (John 10:18) He set his face like flint. (Isaiah 50:7) He asked, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
He gave Himself. “Therefore my Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
Dying on the cross because He chose to, in pain and agony, He committed His soul to the Father and declared, “It is finished.”
Then Resurrection! He lived again! He lives now!
We, His own, are rescued and reconciled and resurrected, too, into eternal life. What a Savior!
Man of Sorrows! What a Name! (Philip P. Bliss)
Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim; Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned he stood,
Sealed my pardon with his blood: Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Guilty, vile, and helpless, we; spotless Lamb of God was he;
Full atonement! Can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Lifted up was he to die, “It is finished!” was his cry;
Now in heav’n exalted high; Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When he comes, our glorious King, all his ransomed home to bring,
Then a new this song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! What a Savior!
In what area of your life are you especially grateful for Jesus’s resurrection power?