Easter is approaching but before we rejoice in Christ’s resurrection, it is fitting to remember His sacrifice on the cross. And this is what we will do in the month of March. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the reason we can stand boldly before a holy God; it is the reason we have a relationship with Jesus; it is therefore the source of all our hope and joy. Without His sacrifice, we are left in a state of fear and guilt. God cannot associate with evil and He has promised eternal punishment for sinners (Romans 6:23)–so focusing on God arouses fear. And we are all sinners, guilty of that punishment (Romans 3:10)–so focusing on ourselves arouses guilt. BUT Christ’s sacrifice answers God’s wrath and our fear; it answered our need for a Savior and squashes our guilt.
It is important to remember also that He has done all of this for His own glory (Isaiah 43, Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:16). He did not need to create the universe. He was lacking in nothing, for He was complete and whole as the Triune God, but He saw fit in eternity past to formulate and carry out an unthwartable plan that would lead His own Son to the cross. And this was all done for His glory. He created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) so that the world would be filled with reflections of Himself, He allowed sin to enter the world so that He would look really amazing when, by faith, and by their own free will, men chose Him over temporal pleasures. He created the world so that ultimately He Himself could die on the cross, which would both put His grace and love on display, while at the same time giving us, human beings, the ability to reflect Christ. His sacrifice also is our assurance that the elect will be able to perfectly reflect Him, and rejoice in Him, and praise Him for all eternity.
As we worship God together in the months of March, please take some time each Sunday to meditate on one, or several, of the following passages that highlight the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let the truths found in these passages and verses inform and enrich your worship.
By Greg Howard
Isaiah 53:4-6; Romans 3: 23-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Galatians 3:13-14, Ephesians 2: 4-5, Philippians 2:6-7, Colossians 1: 19-20, Colossians 2:13-14, Titus 3:4-7, Hebrews 2:14-17, 1 Peter2:22-25