Each of us, by virtue of the sins of the first man and woman – Adam and Eve – were once separated from God. But, because God desires that everyone live in a relationship with Himself, He chose to make a perfect sacrifice that was required to make this possible. He asked His Son, Jesus, to die a brutal death and to shed His crimson blood on the Cross at Calvary as forgiveness for your sins and for mine.
Jesus was obedient to His Father. He willingly died an ugly death on a wooden cross for you and for me!
When we acknowledge that Jesus died so that we can be forever forgiven of our sins, and receive Him in our heart as our Savior, we can enter into a one-on-one relationship with God, have eternal life and live an abundant life until we die on this earth.
This is the Good News that Christians all over the world remember and celebrate this Holy Week.
Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all our sin – past, present and future. His blood clears our conscience of all our misdeeds. His blood makes us holy and pure and white as snow, from a spiritual perspective.
And He rose from his grave after three days and now lives with His Father in heaven. His resurrection enables us to have life through the same Spirit that raised Him.
In view of the love, grace and mercy that God has afford us – the death of Jesus and the forgiveness of our sins – He asks us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is a spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
God also instructs us, through the Apostle Paul, as follows:
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our life, and our physical bodies, are gifts from God. We’re to care for our bodies so that we can be fit to serve. We are to use our bodies in service to God and others.
The more frequently I connect the dots that I’ve addressed above, the more motivated and inclined I am to attend to my health. And I do this by the power of the same Spirit that raised Jesus from His grave. (Romans 8:11, Ephesians 1:19-20)
So, as you experience these last few days of Holy Week, I encourage you to remember the high price that Jesus paid so that you can be forgiven of your sins and be in a relationship with your Creator, God.
And then also be motivated to care for the body he’s given you.
Have a really wonderful Easter!
What Love is This – A song about the Cross by Kari Jobe