1. All Pending Charges Are Dropped ( Romans 5:1 )
At Easter we reflect deeply on the death & Resurrection of Jesus. It is because of Easter that people who believe no longer have to be disconnected from God!! God and human beings are reconciled by his death!!! . We are "justified" in "the cosmic court of the ultimate presence of God" all pending charges are dropped - and we are free to go!
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God..."
We have PEACE with God - the connection with God is restored.
The harmonious relationship with God for which we were created and which was so tragically lost has now been reestablished !! We are justified.
2. We Have Gained Access by Faith... (Rom 5:1&2)
Jesus Christ Himself is the means of this re-CONNECTION with God
"We have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand".
Our CONNECTION with God through faith in Christ is nothing less than a CONNECTION with GRACE.
Note"...we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand"
We are "connected to GRACE" yeah!!!
We now enjoy a privileged "standing" - a most FAVORED status - one which we don't deserve and could not ever work to attain.
# 3. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If someone should ask,"What exactly did Jesus do for you so that you could enjoy this status of Grace?" The answer from the word of God is this:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Contrary to popular opinion then that God "only help those who help themselves". The truth is, God has lovingly and graciously helped those who couldn't help themselves when He helped us. That's the kind of grace that we're connected to through Christ and so we reflect on it at during this Holy Week with gratitude!
# 4. GRACE LEADS TO THE HOPE OF GLORY (Rom 5:2)
There is more!! there is something to boast about in this Easter reflection.
“ And we boast in the hope of the glory of God."
When one has this Status of Grace there is an inextricable link to a confident and sure Hope of Glory. The fact is, If we are Connected to Grace then we are also Connected to Glory
#5. Every difficulty we face is purposeful
Our experience of "Glory" is not only in the great "bye and bye" which is very certain also but here and now -- even as we are faced with the ongoing difficulties of life.
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
We have this great "knowing" deep down that every difficulty we face is purposeful and is preparing us for God's ultimate incredible plan for us. What makes us so sure that God is working through every experience to prepare us for His wonderful future? We, already right now, are being embraced and saturated fully by God's love because of the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives. It is a "love assurance" and in it we are really experiencing the atmosphere of "Heaven" even while we are still going through the challenging preparatory processes in this life.
#6 We are no longer living under the threat and danger
Now that we are reconnected to God and acquitted of guilt because of Christ's death we are no longer living under the threat and danger of experiencing God's wrath. If then His death could reconnected us to God, what then will his triumphant resurrection do? It will even be more effective to cause us to experience all the benefits of God's salvation. GLORY!!!
"Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Christ's Death Connects us to Grace and Christ's resurrection Connects us to Glory.
Published on Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 7:24 AM CDT