One of my favorite songs is In Christ Alone. No doubt, many of us sang this song yesterday as we celebrated Easter Sunday. My favorite words of the song clearly proclaim the hope of the Gospel:
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid-
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine-
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
As I reflect on the Easter message, I am completely overwhelmed at what Christ did for me on the cross and the hope He brings all of us through His resurrection. Both the tragedy and beauty of the cross is that “ev’ry sin on Him was laid.” He took what we deserved. But yesterday, we were able to celebrate that his death also brought his resurrection – Christ’s absolute triumph over sin and death. The death and resurrection of Christ brings us hope and rescue:
“Sin’s curse has lost his grip on me; For I am His and He is mine – bought with the precious blood of Christ.”
Often as I leave church on Easter Sunday, I am filled with hope. I feel the love of Christ penetrating every part of my heart. I feel energy to face the days ahead. I sing the lyrics “I am His and He is mine” over and over throughout the day and I believe it with every part of my being. But, more often than not (if I’m being completely honest), the pains and worry of life slowly creep back into my mind by the end of the week. And, in just a few days, the beautiful love story that was told on Sunday morning doesn’t feel so close anymore. I still believe it with my entire heart, but fear and worry often tries so desperately to steal the joy that Easter brings.
Isn’t this just like the enemy (who I might note has just been reminded that he is completely defeated) to step in right when we’re celebrating? He’s always there to remind us of our sin and to convince us that fear is better than hope. He tries to remind us that we are not worthy of the saving grace that the cross offers each one of us. Satan is always the ultimate party-pooper. And, this year, I challenge us as redeemed children of God to remember that our sin was nailed to the cross and today (and tomorrow and the next day) and we can live in absolutely victory and freedom from the “sin that so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1). The party is not over and will never come to an end.
In the days and weeks ahead, more than likely many of us will face problems and insecurities and fears. We’ll face temptation from the enemy to sin and doubt. We will be faced with the darkness that Jesus died to conquer. But, the GOOD NEWS is that we don’t have to walk in that darkness any more. The message of Easter is the message of every single day in the life of a believer of Christ. Don’t let the enemy discourage you to forget what you’ve just celebrated.
Write down these verses, meditate on them, tape them to your mirror, and memorize them. Look for the hope that comes from Christ and don’t be tempted to listen to the condemning words of the enemy.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
“Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28
As we face this week and the weeks ahead, let us do so with humble and thankful hearts. Let us remember that we can never be snatched out of God’s hand. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We may be smacked in the face by the enemy reminding us that we are unworthy of love. But, we can hold fast to the promise that Christ conquered the grave, death, and sin not just for Easter Sunday, but for eternity.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Karen Taylor. I live in Jackson, Tennessee and for the past 11 years, I’ve had the incredible privilege of working in Student Life at Union University. I enjoy working with college students and teaching in women’s ministry at my church. In my free time, you would most likely find me reading, checking out local antique stores, traveling or hanging out (and laughing!) with friends. And, fair warning: I can’t be trusted in front of a bowl of chips and salsa. I love discovering all of the new things that God is teaching me. It is my desire to teach and encourage others in their walk with the Lord and to live out Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.