The invitation to the celebration!

God made him who had no sin to “be sin” for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.     2 Corinthians 5:21

Easter, The Resurrection, such a joyous time for the follower of Christ Jesus.  A time of rejoicing, a time of celebration, time for a party.  All are invited.  But before we can go to the party, lets take a look at the reason we were invited in the first place.

Our sinfulness ~ The separation between man and his creator.  Every evil desire within us longing for our own way,  to do our own thing, and to be our own person, in essence, to be our own God.

The Cross ~ A sign of our blessed hope, our redemption.  The blood of the perfect lamb, son of God, shed on our behalf.  The price that had to be paid for our sinfulness, our utter depravity.  Our load of guilt and shame placed upon Him, so that he who knew no sin, was made to “be sin” in our place (2 Cor. 5:21).

The Suffering ~ What anguish to be separated from his father, to whom until this time, he had nothing but perfect fellowship.  Jesus Christ “suffered” he was despised and rejected. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, we were healed (Isaiah 53:5).

His Blood ~ It was the shedding of his blood that was the necessary for payment for forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).  The pure and spotless lamb of God, given as a peace-offering in our place.  It is his cleansing blood that washes us and sets us free from the burden of our guilt and shame.

His Death ~ By one mans life sin entered the world, and death through sin (Romans 5:12).  And by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross we were made alive again and now have a right standing before our heavenly father.  We were made his righteousness through faith in him for all who believe (Romans 3:22).

The forgiveness ~ His death brought forgiveness.  He paid the ultimate price for you and for me because we in our poverty (sinfulness), had nothing to pay with.  Our debt was forgiven.  The slate wiped clean and the he stamped the bill, paid in full.

The resurrection ~ His lifeless body, placed in the tomb.  When the stone was rolled away, he was not there, he had risen, just as he said (Matthew 2:6).  Hallelujah, Jesus is ALIVE.  This was the fulfillment of all that had been spoken of in Jesus’ earthly ministry.  It had all come pass, just as he said it would.

Therefore, this IS the reason for the party.  What a joyous occasion.  Jesus had gone to be with his heavenly father, but to us was given the promise of an inheritance.  A free gift to be given for all who would believe.  Upon believing we would receive the promised helper, guaranteeing our redemption and a marked sign for all who have believed in the message.  The reason for our blessed hope.

The invitation is extended to all. . . and he invites us to come.  Do not let your hearts troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going (John 14:1-4).

Is the life of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection just another story for you?  Do you know the story in your head but you haven’t experienced Jesus in your heart?  The resurrection of Jesus should bring rejoicing to your innermost being.  If it doesn’t, I would ask you to examine your heart.  Jesus is Alive and he wants a living and vital relationship with you. He wants daily interaction with us. He is not a distant God who lives somewhere up beyond the clouds.  He desires us to seek him with our whole heart and soul.  But he does not force us into this relationship.  We have a choice.

He is ALIVE and He invites us . . . to come.  I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me (John 14:6).  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11).  Jesus, death, burial and resurrection should give us all a reason to celebrate!  He invites us to come to the party!  Have you accepted the invitation?

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