Mmmm Chocolate Hot Cross Buns Mmmm
In Australia, we have access to awesome food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College last semester, I ate big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
We know Easter is coming when all the stores start selling Chocolate Eggs & Hot Cross Buns.
Every year they start appearing earlier and earlier as retailers exploit this Christian holiday.
Sadly I saw eggs appear in January immediately after months of Christmas commercialisation.
Although eggs and buns are delicious, what is the real meaning of Easter?
The passage above is a great summary of the “Amazing Grace” of Easter.
Humans fight with God even though He lovingly created us.
We hate God and His name has become a common swear word in society.
We are at war with God and have become his bitter enemies.
As a result our world is in a mess: wars everywhere and environmental destruction.
How does God respond?
Instead of waiting for us to be his friends, he takes the initiative to reach out to us.
God demonstrated his amazing love for his enemies by sending Jesus to die on a cross.
Very rarely will anyone choose to die for anyone else.
Possibly you might choose to die for a good friend, but never your enemy.
We deserve to die for our own sins – our rebellion against God.
God sacrificed his own Son to die in your place to pay for your sins.
Jesus chose to die so that we can have peace with God.
God raised Jesus to life again as King of the Universe.
We can now have a real relationship with God.
At Easter we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The amazing grace is the gift of eternal life that Jesus offers his enemies.
If we accept this gift, we can be friends with God.
If we reject this gift, we remain his enemies and face eternal death.
Are you at war with God by fighting or ignoring Him?
Do you want to be at peace with God and have forgiveness for your sins?
For Christians, do you think that the Jesus’ grace is the most amazing thing in your life?
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