Diseases, addictions, natural disasters and global inequalities are a symptom of a much bigger problem. It is a problem that was not created yesterday. It has been a problem that has plagued all humanity.
Probably the best way to describe this ubiquitous problem is to think about parents and children. A parent gives the child life. A parent provides for the child’s needs. A parent loves the child when the child has nothing truly to give back, except maybe an appreciation smile or an exuberant laugh to be in a world of discovery and learning. A parent wants their child to have good things, wonderful things. They want their children to experience the joy of living a life free of pain or guilt; but that expectation is short-lived when a child begins to say “no”. Any good parent knows that disobedience must carry consequences for a child to understand the seriousness of their actions.
Our disobedience to God carries heavy consequences. He is our Creator. He sustains our life. The Bible clearly communicates that a nature to sin is so ingrained into us that we cannot change it; however, God in His divine power and infinite unconditional love knows that we don’t just need a second chance, because that too would prove inadequate. God offers us a new life.
No matter what day of the year you are reading this, it can be an Easter Sunday when Jesus Christ becomes alive and real for you. Good Friday is past. Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins and disobedience. Now we know “He is not dead. He is risen.” Our joy is complete when we receive Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.
The Death of Jesus
Holy Bible: Luke 23:44-46
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he said this, he breathed his last.
John 19:30 Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus is Alive
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them and said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen!”
For Further Thought
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.”
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 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!”
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
- How often do you think you can live your life in any way you would like without consequences?
- Are consequences always bad? What is an example of “good consequences”?
- Do you think bad consequences are the problem or could they be a symptom of a problem?
- What was Jesus’ motivation for dying on the cross?
- Describe what you know about crucifixion.
- What other sacrifice did Jesus make besides dying physically?
- Without Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, what would the consequence for sin be?
- Read John 3:16 and exchange the words “the world” with your name. John 3:16 For God so loved the world [___________] that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.