“Forgiveness costs us nothing. All our costly obedience is the fruit, not the root, of being forgiven. That’s why we call it grace. But it cost Jesus his life. That is why we call it just. Oh, how precious is the news that God does not hold our sins against us! And how beautiful is Christ, whose blood made it right for God to do this.”
—John Piper, 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
All sin is serious, because even in its simplest forms, sin attempts to work against God
His glory is hindered when we disregard or disobey him, and this is why Christ suffered and died for us. Our sins couldn’t be justified through simply being forgiven; instead, someone had to repay our debts.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses”
Jesus has shown his love for us both through sending his son to die for us and through forgiving the great amount of sin and unworthiness that previously separated us from God. When we pair the depth of our sins with the horrific death Jesus endured for such a seemingly unworthy cause, his love for us becomes even more apparent than before.
We can take Jesus’ death on the cross personally
The great news about the love displayed through Jesus’ death is that we can take it personally. Those who were alive to witness were amazed by his personal sacrifice, saying things such as “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
We can rest in the fact that he died for each of us individually. This Easter, remember that not only did he die for us; he died for you specifically.
We’ve received the greatest gift possible
In order to bring glory to God and forgiveness to his people, Jesus paid the highest price possible. And because of this, we receive the greatest gift we could ask for—to be free from our imperfections, and to live forever in the presence of God’s glory.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory.”
Jesus’ death secured a place for us, and the best is yet to come.
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