This weekend, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm so thankful that God sent His Son to the earth to pay the penalty for our sins and open the way for us to live in eternity with Him.
The scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that, "God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ." Righteousness is simply being in right standing with God. We can never be righteous on our own. We can never do enough good things to earn God's acceptance. But righteousness isn't about what we do; it's about what Jesus did. Over 2000 years ago, He paid the price for our sin and shame so that we could have access to God's throne of Grace! He died so that we could live. He conquered death, hell, and the grave so that we could have everlasting life!
This is why we honor Good Friday. It's the day that we remember how Jesus was beaten, bruised, and sacrificed for us. We didn't deserve it. We didn't earn it. We can only receive His love and eternal life as a gift.
Have you received this free gift of eternal life with God? He loves you so much. He doesn't want you to live in bondage to sin, pain, fear, or addictions. He wants you to be free in Him. He wants to have a close, personal relationship with you so He can show you His mercy, love, and goodness. He wants to give you His righteousness!
The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 that in order to have this personal relationship with God the Father, we must believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus was raised from the dead for us, and we will be saved. It is the beginning of a wonderful life with Him!
If you've never invited Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior, I invite you to pray this simple prayer from your heart: Dear God, I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus to die on the cross for me to pay the price for my sins, and that He rose again. I ask You to come into my life; make me fresh and new. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus' Name, Amen!
Happy Resurrection Weekend!