(Significance of the Crucifixion)
Easter is one of the most important event in Christianity which is probably nothing new to you reading this post, for me I knew what Easter was since when I was growing up as a child, not in detail though but I took into cognisance that it was a period for me when i was going to get new clothes from mum and dad, may be eat new food and go to church and have the preacher scream at his voice the story of Jesus crucifixion. In reality both Christians and non-Christian look forward to Easter for some reasons: some because that is the first holiday after the new year had begun, for them, it is a period to rest, go for holidays and may be even throw parties, while others (most likely Christians) see it as that moment to cast their thought to the shadows of history past, to the period where Jesus Christ was crucified either to celebrate or have a sober reflection on that.
Beyond all that there notable significance of Easter, so that we can all enjoy the gifts of God through this wonderful and remakable event. we will be going through this significance, considering each one daily in this week to reimind and refresh our minds. in this regard that brings me to the question: what does Easter mean to you?, What does the death of Jesus Christ mean to you?
What does the death of Christ mean to you?
Day one: Reconciliation
What is Reconciliation?
Generally reconciliation means to end a conflict or disagreement with somone and start of a good relationship again. To christians reconciliation means a positive change in the relationship between God and Man or man and other creation. When Man in the garden of Eden sinned against God there was a disconnection between Man and God, a disconnection in the relationship that existed between them, it was at that point that man started to trade his path into condemnation and darkness, Man was condemed to death, he couldn’t hear God and had no direction or identity, He couldn’t identify with God as his son, freind or his heir because no relationship existed between them, the bond between them was broken and a thick dark veil seperated them.
What caused the disconnection?
Not to bore you the disconnection between God and man was cause by sin or let me say disobedience. While man loved sin God hated sin; God could not behold sin so He sent man away from his presence, as a result man was cut off, he had no access to the father. So man wandered into his own wilderness, into condemnation on his own, alone and shattered.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear you.Isaiah 59:2
Man sought after his own righteousness, struggling to reedeem himself through the law, laws he made for himself and those that where giving by God, but God’s law was giving so that man could see how sinful he was for the law brought to light man’s condemnation. So man failed in redeeming himself through the law, it was hard for the flesh to keep God’s law because God was a spirit and man could not understand the things of the spirit.
for if you are trying to make yourself right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut-off from christ! you have fallen from grace…Galatians 5:4
God’s plan B (Jesus Christ)
Even though man had sin God still loved him… God’s love would be talked about in the course of the week in day three (3). So God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us so we can be reconciled to the Father and be redeemed by his blood. The effect would be that when God looks at us he sees not our righteousness or iniquities but the blood of Jesus which intercede for us, So that we are forgiving of all our unrighteousness. That was the significance of the tearing of the veil at the temple when Jesus died on the cross…the veil was torn so that we can now have direct access to the father and we could hear God directly for our selves and see his glory revealed to us.
And Jesus cried out again with a loud vioce ,and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was thorn in two from top to bottom…Matthew 27:50-51
The Reality of our lives
The reality of our lives today is that we suffer alot of disconnections from God, through sin or the occurrences in our lives, which can be: the hard times we go through, the lost of our loved ones, Jobs, Contracts, ungodly addictions, sin, and habits. Sometimes for reasons we may not point we waver, even though we have the knowledge of Christ’s death for us, our faith still waver… sometimes we struggle with things we ourselves can’t discern, we wander in thoughts and physically, trying to work out our righteousness, but even though we keep every law we ought to, we still feel that disconnection and sometimes its as if God is not there anymore, there are times we get frustrated, we feel so alone, shaterred and condemmed because even though we are trying it’s as if nothing seem to be working, the only thing we see is our brokeness, guilt and unworthiness. I personally have gone through this can kind of situation too, but here is what we are missing out…
Reflection on God’s words; What the death of Jesus means
It’s not to say I am denying your knowledge on God’s word but a reflection on God’s word open our eyes to God’s promises and how powerful we are in him so that we can fully posses and enjoy it. personally thats what has helped me severally, even as life throw stones at us causing our faith to waver and we fall sometimes we must reflect on Gods words to get back up.
Reconciliation with God and redemption through Christ’s death. (Romans 5:1-21).
Before reconciliation we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and enemies; we were under God’s wrath but because of the death of Christ which brought about reconciliation we have become a new creation, we through his blood have become friends with God; his sons and daughter with Jesus Christ our firstborn. 2 corinthians 5:17
Our reconciliation to God took place through the death of Christ so that all our iniquities and inadequacies(shortcoming) is forgiven by God and we are redeemed in God’s sight. having been redeemed, God does not look at our righteousness but the righteousness of Jesus Christ through his blood. So that we are no longer
slaves, ungodly, sinners, wanderers, powerless or condemned but we are Sons and carry Christ’s resemblance, righteousness and power, we must always bear that in mind for our righteousness were consider before him filth rags but for christ.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ (death).Corinthians 5:1-21
Faith the key to claiming God’s precious gift
why do we still struggle to redeem our selves when the price has been paid? making his death a futility, when all we need to do is to believe. For we where saved not by our righteousness but by Christ through faith. In claiming our gift of reconciliation faith play a vital role, because only faith can bring us to the reconciliation we desire.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of What Jesus Christ our lord has done for us. Because of our Faith, Christ has brought us into a place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develop strength of character and Character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment for we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy spirit to fill our heart with love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at the right time and died for us sinners…Romans 5:1-6
In conclusion, the reality of Gods word is that no matter how much we try reconciling ourselves to God or redeeming ourselves of our short coming or struggles, it won’t work because reconciliation comes from God through faith in Christ’s death.