Don't Roll Back the Stone
Tomorrow is Good Friday. It seems like a strange name forthe day we remember the brutal death of our Savior. But if you think about it,“good” doesn’t even begin to describe what Jesus did on that day. It is an evenweaker description of His resurrection three days later.
Colossians 2:13-15 says, “ When you were dead in yoursins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with itsregulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; hetook it away, nailing it to the cross. Andhaving disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them,triumphing over them by the cross.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 says, “Praise be to the God and Father ofour Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into aliving hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can neverperish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvationthat is ready to be revealed in the last time.
His death provided a way for us to be alive in Christ. Heforgave our sins, gave us hope, and awarded us an inheritance that can never betaken away. But so often, we trade in the freedom that God gave us on GoodFriday for sin and bondage.
I have been so troubled by the comments on this blog inrecent weeks. Most of you are Christians and yet many of you are engaged in patters ofsin that you feel you cannot or will not walk away from. You are believing liesabout yourself and the culture with serious consequences. Even though you’vebeen exposed to God’s Truth, you continue to allow those lies to wreak havoc onyour lives. Many of you are choosing to enter relationships knowing that itisn’t God’s best for you. As a result, I fear you’re heading for bondage.
I realize that we all struggle to be holy. But, this Easter,I don’t want you to miss out on the freedom Christ came to give. Jesus’ deathand resurrection paved the way for your freedom, but it’s as if you’d ratherstay in the tomb.
Galatians 5:1 says, “ It is for freedom that Christ hasset us free. Stand firm, then, and do notlet yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
The reason He came was to secure your freedom. The reason Herose was to prove the victory was already won. This Easter, will you join me inasking God which areas of our lives are still dead and in the tomb?