“…then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 10-12)
In his book, And the Angels Were Silent, Max Lucado asked this question: How would you fill in this blank? A person is made right with God through_____. Don’t let its brevity fool you. How you complete it is critical; it reflects the nature of your faith.
He continued: One might say a person is made right with God through... being good. Giving sandwiches to the poor. Some say Christian conduct is the secret. Perhaps suffering is the answer. Sleep on dirt floors. Malaria. Poverty. Bare feet. The greater the pain, the greater the saint. No, no, no, another contends. The way to be made right with God? It’s doctrine. Air-tight theology which explains every mystery. Inspiration clarified.
And he concludes: Yet, how are we truly made right with God? All the above are tried. All are demonstrated. But none are from God. Romans 3:28 says, “A person is made right with God through faith.” Through faith in God’s sacrifice on the cross.
The saving work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross is central to our Christian faith. And so is His Resurrection. The two go hand in hand. If what He did 2,000 years ago is to be relevant yet today (and it is!), then it comes down to a matter of faith.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and that in His resurrection you have received forgiveness and eternal life? The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15: 14-20, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!”
It’s not what you do, it’s what He did. Have faith in the message of Easter. Have faith in Jesus. “Do not be afraid. You are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen!” (Matthew 28: 5-6)
Holding tightly to my faith, Pastor Glenn