We know that Easter is not observed on the dates of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. But on this Sabbath, I am going to reflect on what He has done for us anyway.
One of my favourite texts is 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Remember when the wanderers in the wilderness looked to the bronze serpent for healing? I used to wonder, “Why a bronze serpent?” Surely the serpent is the symbol of the devil and sin. And then I read this text. It tells me that Christ was made to be sin itself—reckoned a sinner—so that in Him we may be become righteousness itself—reckoned as saints. So completely did He carry our sin (He had none of His own to bear) that He made it absolutely possible for us to receive His righteousness at the point of belief. Faith in Him is the transaction that “seals the deal”.
So completely did He carry our sin (He had none of His own to bear) that He made it absolutely possible for us to receive His righteousness at the point of belief.
Resurrection means new life, new hope, new meaning. And life, hope and meaning are all ours in Christ. His resurrection has made our resurrection possible. But it gives us so much more. It assures us of the certainty of His promises and blessings every day in everything.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.