Imagine getting a phone call informing you that you haven’t paid an important bill. You immediately panic because you know you sent the payment in. As you frantically search your online banking account, you suddenly breathe a sigh of relief because you find the confirmation showing they received your payment. You send them the proof and that is the end of the matter.
At Easter, God gave us the greatest receipt of all.
Easter is God’s dramatic declaration that Jesus had paid for all our sins. This is the tremendous significance of the phrase: “he was raised”. As Jesus said:
“The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.”Luke 9:22
By raising Jesus from the dead, God put his stamp of approval on him. In this way, he vividly told the world that Jesus did what he had set out to do, namely, being the Lamb of God who would take away all our sins. Imagine for a moment that Jesus didn’t accomplish his mission. Do you think the Father would glorify him by raising him from the dead? As the Scriptures say:
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”1 Corinthians 15:17
But Christ was raised!
His resurrection is God’s receipt proving that Jesus has already paid for all your sins.
Friends, this is the most important receipt in the world. So many people tell us that we still owe God—that we still must do something to be worthy to be accepted into God’s presence. Or, we are told Jesus paid the debt, but we must pay him back. But that’s not what God said at Easter. Or anytime. In fact, he says the direct opposite:
“Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”Hebrews 10:17
Whatever you do, don’t misplace this receipt.
Don’t forget about it. Rather pull it out whenever anybody tells you your debt hasn’t been paid. It has. You have the receipt to prove it.
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Additional Questions You Might Have
Does God have a case against me?
Will you be declared “not guilty”? How can we be sure of our status?
Can you have faith without works?
Admittedly, the thought that Christ did everything to make us acceptable to God and we don’t do anything violently clashes with what we naturally think.