Scriptures: (Corinthians 5:21 NKJ) For “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (Isaiah 53:6). “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one, to his own way, And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Rom. 5:8) But God demonstrates His own love towards us, while we were still sinners,  in that  Christ died for us.

As believers, we look forward to a particular time of the year, when we move towards the Spring season- when our attention focuses on an essential moment in the history of mankind- The death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What God did at the Crucifixion was pour the entire punishment for the sins of the world on Jesus. God requires a perfect man to pay the price of all sin- for an imperfect human race. Jesus’ death was the full requirement of justice for sin- was met and fulfilled that day on Calvary’s hill. The Crucifixion is an act of God because He wanted to forgive you and have a relationship with you. It was a forced walk, a forced carrying of the old rugged cross to the place of the Crucifixion.

“Crucifixion was one of the most agonizing ways a person could be executed. “(Lennon Mcgregor, 2021). It is designed to inflict on its victims -a slow, painful death. It is humiliating in that it is done publicly. “Crucifying a person is a Capital method of punishment in which victims are tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang until death-eventually from exhaustion and asphyxiation.” (Research/by Lennon Mcgregor 2021)

 Jesus died on the cross, but it did not end there. For it was not just a man dying for another man. The Crucifixion of Jesus was real, but this was not the final act. Jesus’ resurrection is of utmost importance to believers. Without the resurrection, the belief in God’s saving grace through Jesus is destroyed.

If the resurrection of Jesus bodily did not happen, then our belief in God’s saving grace and hope of eternal life would be destroyed. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead confirms His true identity as the Son of God, His work of redemption, reconciliation, and salvation. His resurrection guarantees our resurrection from the dead,  Christ’s victory over sin and death,  believers becoming the righteousness of God in Him, our justification by His blood, indeed saved from the wrath to come. We celebrate His resurrection, and it is a glorious celebration annually among believers. We now have hope in Jesus, who endured the suffering and shame for us. He raised Himself -to reign throughout eternity as Lord of Lords, King of kings  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your plan to allow your only begotten Son to be crucified between two convicted sinners, is beyond anything a man can grasp. You, Father, have done many great acts as noted throughout the Holy Bible: Yet none can compare with the resurrection of Jesus Christ- Your begotten Son. You are an amazing God, and I put my trust in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

(by Novella D. Carpenter)

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