Easter, (what we call Resurrection Sunday at my church), is one of my favorite days of the year. I love the time with family and the festive nature of the weekend, but most of all I’m thankful to be reminded of the power and importance of Christ’s resurrection. It is in the death and resurrection that we see God’s love for us displayed (Romans 5:8), but it’s also because of the death and resurrection that we are given access to a relationship with the Father! And while this is a truth often overlooked in many religious circles, we are told in the Scriptures that Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
There are many other verses that address this, but I believe these get right to the heart of the issue. Romans 5:15 puts all of this in historical context for us:
Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
The amazing truth found here is that even though mans relationship with God is broken because of sin, God loved us enough to provide forgiveness for that sin through Jesus Christ. A man, Adam, sinned on the behalf of humanity and as a consequence we are all sinners. Another man, the God man Jesus, paid the price for sin on the behalf of humanity! Anyone who will put their faith in Him as God, His payment for sin on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead will have their sins forgiven and be brought back into fellowship with the Father. What an amazing thing it is to understand that we can have a relationship with God Through Christ!
I hope that this truth and the peace it brings will be a source of great encouragement in your life this Resurrection Sunday as you celebrate the gift of God through Jesus Christ.
Note: For those who are not sure of their salvation this Easter season, I would like to point you to a previous post that I wrote on this topic. That article can be found here. You can also reach out to me through the contact link if I can help point you to other resources that can help you understand God’s plan of salvation through Jesus.