Here is a snippet from our April newsletter…
The challenges of the Easter message
As I have been preparing for Easter 2017 I have been reflecting on the challenges that come with the Easter message. There are two that really stand out to me – one for the unbeliever and one for the believer.
1. What are you going to do with your sin?
For the unbeliever, the message of Easter can be quite challenging. The Bible tells us that Jesus left heaven to live amongst us and die for our sin on the cross. He took our punishment that we deserved upon Himself. He died in our place.
As human beings, we all sin. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that we “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards”. We also read that our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
The Good News of the Easter message is that we can have our sins forgiven because Jesus came to die in our place. He took our punishment so we can escape what we deserve (Romans 6:23).
In accepting what Jesus has done for us – asking for forgiveness and receiving Jesus into our lives as Lord and Saviour – we receive forgiveness, acceptance from God and a new beginning. We are born again into God’s eternal family.
The challenge for the unbeliever is what will you do with your sin and will you accept what Jesus has done for you?
2. Will you live out the Easter message every day?
For the believer, the challenge of Easter is a call to live wholeheartedly for the Kingdom and its cause. Just like a believer can be a “Sunday only Christian” and only really live the Christian life at church, we can be an Easter only Christian too.
The challenge of Easter is to carry its message every day. We need to live and breathe the Easter story. We need to carry the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus every day.
Wherever we go and whatever we do, Jesus’ name needs to be on our lips, His love in our hearts and His work in our hands. We need to let streams of living water flow out of us and His love must impact the world around us.
The Easter challenge for the believer is to live a life of true devotion and true commitment to His cause – the salvation of all mankind.
Today I want to ask you two questions. Will you accept what Jesus has done for you in the Easter message? And if so, will you live with total commitment to Him, His will and His cause in this world?
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that You died for me on the cross. I thank You that You took the punishment for my sin. Right now I ask for forgiveness of all I have done wrong. I am sorry. Please come into my life as Lord and Saviour, please guide me and lead me in all I do. Help me to live my life in a way that lives the Easter message out each day. Help me to live my life for Your Kingdom and its great cause. I pray that from this day forward I will follow You wholeheartedly and never look back. Thank You for saving me, for giving me eternal life and adopting me as Your child. In Jesus name, Amen.