The blessings of Easter
At the heart of Christianity is what transpired this week two thousand years ago. Easter is the essence of Christianity. Were it not for what Jesus did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there may never have been Christianity. So, as I think of a passage that captures the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection for mankind, my mind goes back to this text:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9 NKJV).
Let us try to unpack this passage bit by bit. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What do we know about the grace of God, which came to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus? What we know is that it is abundant grace; it is an indescribable grace, it is grace that is incomprehensible, it is an immeasurable grace, it is grace that is unfathomable. We cannot understand why God allowed His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that we can enjoy the abundant blessing. John describes this abundant grace thus, “And now out of his fullness we are fulfilled! And from him, we receive grace heaped upon more grace!” (John 1:16 TPT).
Next, we read, “that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.” That is exactly what happened when Jesus died; He became poor for our sake. How did this happen? Remember that He is the Creator and Lord of the universe. Everything that was created on earth and under the earth, visible and invisible, belongs to Him. Yet, He forsook all these to go to the cross to die like a criminal for our sake. Christ is rich in power and glory, yet, He emptied Himself of all glory and majesty to die on the cross like a wretched sinner. He was the Lord of the universe, yet He suffered shame and humiliation because of us. An innocent man died for those who are guilty.
In the words of Paul, “For God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5: 21).
Again, Paul writes, “Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25 NKJV).
Peter also restates how Jesus was made poor for our sake thus: “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:24 NKJV).
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
The last segment of the text says, “…that you through His poverty you might become rich.” His poverty made us rich not just materially as some presume, but He made us rich in godly inheritances. He made us rich in love. He made us sons in His family. He made us rich in the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit and rich in Heavenly treasures. He made us rich in eternal life. These are just some of the blessings, which Christ’s death has provided for believers. Therefore, as we celebrate Easter, let us ponder about the grace, which Jesus’ death provided for us, and the unquantifiable riches we now enjoy in Him.