21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation… Col 1:21-22
Easter is about a story of a Saviour – One who gave up his life as a sacrifice for the whole world. Ultimately the cross results in salvation for those who will receive the Good News with faith. I was recently blown away by the extent of the vocabulary used in the Bible to describe what we have received from God through Jesus. Salvation, eternal life, atonement, adoption, redemption, justification, from light to darkness, forgiveness, inheritance, guarantee, hope, freedom, love, grace, mercy, and the list could go on and on. The Christian life is rich with meaning and reward for the beneficiaries of the cross.
As we approach Easter, let us celebrate what we have in Jesus. Let us celebrate that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:12) and that “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:13-14). The Gospel of the Kingdom is Good News to all men and women everywhere. Let us also allow this Easter to be about proclaiming salvation as far and as wide as we possibly can. Let the message ring out that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And let us trust God that the world will receive this message, believe in him and walk in salvation.