April 21, 2019
In His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus conquered sin, death, and Satan. None of these three have any power over those who are in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him we have eternal life. In Him the enemy’s accusations fall away in the Truth. In Him we have full forgiveness of ALL of our sins.
In Psalm 103:8-12, King David praises Almighty God singing:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Our God is merciful. He has given us the free gift of repentance, and in His grace and mercy He has removed our sins far from us—as far as the east is from the west!
On this Easter Day, let us remember that God loved the world so much “that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We all know this verse by heart, but do not miss the good news in the next: “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17). He came NOT to condemn us. He came to pour forth the Father’s mercy on us.
Let us conclude with the benediction given to us by our first Patriarch. As you go forth this Easter, “always remember the Gospel: that God was in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our sins against us. God loves you, God has forgiven you, God is not mad at you and God will never leave you nor forsake you. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you forever. Amen.”