Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter Exhortation

Today is Easter. It is a glorious day, the day we remember the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, Who was delivered up to the cross for our offences, and was raised again from the dead for our justification.
         There is no better time to confess your sins and receive the Resurrection Life of Jesus Christ and be justified in the sight of God. You cannot please God without faith in Christ and you cannot have faith in Christ without confessing your need for Him to be your substitution on the cross.  It is true, that Jesus died for sinners. St. Paul was willing to say that he was the chief of sinners. Having confessed this and taking up His faith in Jesus for forgiveness, God reckoned his faith as righteousness, just as He did with the patriarch Abraham.
         So, where are you? The chief of sinners, without claim upon God except upon His grace by faith?  Or, still clinging to your sins in the hope that they and you do not have to die.  We sometimes speak of the cross as if Jesus had to die so that we do not have to die. But Paul said, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. So, too, must you and your sins die on the cross with Christ.
         Dear saints, you cannot give yourself for Jesus but you most certainly can give yourself to Jesus. You do this when you confess your sins, lay down your will, trust in God for forgiveness through Jesus and then rise up justified to walk in newness of life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Today is the day of Salvation.

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