In my last newsletter I wrote of my love for the reminder that Spring brings of God raising His people from death to life. May we never forget that the new life that sprang out of our dead souls was purchased by the life of another. This weekend we celebrate the inconceivable truth that Jesus Christ took OUR sin, suffered OUR shame, and received the full cup of God's wrath in OUR place on the cross. He suffered and died, but death could not contain Him. He was raised, defeating sin and death and securing eternal life for those who call on Him by faith. And why? Not because we are worthy or have anything to offer Him or have any potential for good or are better, smarter, richer, stronger, more moral, more religious, or more usable than anyone else. He did it because God, being rich in mercy, knows we have no hope apart from Him. He did it because he loves us in a way that we cannot fathom - with a love that is not earned, but given freely, not based on our merit, but on the merits of Christ. My hope and prayer for you is that you find great renewal in the Gospel of grace as you celebrate Easter this weekend, a newness of life fuel by grace that will not be extinguished come Monday morning. May we be reminded this weekend of the great joy of living for Him because He died for us.
Written by David Peters