Text: Romans 5:1-11 (Easter Sunday) April 24, 2011
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is an historic, unprecedented, tremendous event in human history. He has accomplished something so important for human race none of the world’s best philosophers, religionists, moralists, educators or politicians could have ever imagined, much less accomplished. Jesus, through his death and resurrection, inaugurated a new and lasting path of redemption for man and his sin. All the burdens of sin were shouldered in the death of Jesus and the forgiveness of sin was given by the price paid in full with his blood. Let’s examine all the things Jesus has done in his death and resurrection.
Here are 6 things Christ has done for us through his death and resurrection:
1) BELIEVER’S PEACE WITH GOD: “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
a) We made peace with God: “But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:13-14) Through the death and resurrection of Christ, he brought peace to us with God.
b) We make peace with men: “Finally brothers aim for perfection listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinth. 13:11) Make peace with God depends on the sacrifice of Christ, but making peace with men is something we need to do it ourselves. This is a condition to receive the love and peace from God.
2) BELIEVER’S STAND IN GRACE: “Through whom we also have obtained our introduction by faith into his grace in which we stand.” (5:2)
a) We are saved by grace: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourself, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) This is the most important part of the gospel—no man may do anything to secure his salvation but all by the grace of God and our faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
b) Practice grace on others: “Show grace and compassion to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32) Showing grace and compassion is our way of demonstrating the grace we received from God.
3) BELIEVER’S HOPE OF GLORY: “And we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (5:2b)
a) God of all the glory: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17) Paul gave this majestic praise to God who gave him the grace to appoint him pioneer apostle to bring the gospel message to the Gentile world. Whatever Paul may have done, he gives God the glory and honor of his achievement.
b) We have hope in God’s glory: Believers of Christ are given the hope, or guarantee, to enter the ultimate glory of God in eternity. We are God’s children more than just being saved, but also given the glory of God in His kingdom. Because of human understanding is so imperfect, it is impossible for us to comprehend the wonder and magnitude of the glory of God. Nevertheless, we have the Lord’s assurance that one day we not only will behold his divine glory but will partake in it.
4) BELIEVERS ARE IN GOD’S LOVE: “Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly...But God demonstrates his own love to us, while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (5:5-8)
a) We are saved by God’s love: “But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions, it is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph. 2:4-5) Among all the attributes of God, love stands alone in front of all others. It is His love that sent His Son to the world. It is His love that Jesus died on the cross to save sinners. And it is His love we are forgiven of all our sins.
b) God poured the life of Jesus: The love of God is not our love to him but his love to us. God poured out His love to us by giving us the life of his only Son, Jesus Christ. “Poured out” represents his unreserved action of giving of His love. God did not keep any of the good things from us but gives us His best, His only Son.
5) BELIEVER’S CERTAINTY OF SALVATION: “Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him. For while we were enemies to God, through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (5:9-10)
a) Jesus gives his guarantee: “I give them eternal life, they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) The guarantee of our salvation doesn’t rest in our own hands but in the hands of Jesus Christ. When He says no one, it means no one, may cancel or erase our salvation.
b) God’s love is forever: “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to his Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1) The thrust of this truth for believers is that our Savior not only delivered us from our sin and its punishment, he also delivers us from doubt and uncertainly about our salvation. We are saved by the grace God through the blood of Jesus Christ.
6) BELIEVER’S JOY IN GOD: “And not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (5:11)
a) Real joy comes from the Lord: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:18) Prophet Habakkuk declared the basis of his joy is in the Lord even in the face of very difficult times. Joy is in the heart regardless of whatever the circumstance may be. Paul echoes with this: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4)
b) The joy of reconciliation: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:10, 12) No joy is greater than the joy of sins forgiven, being reconciled with God in eternity. All kinds of happiness in this world are relative and temporal. Only the real joy in the hearts of the saved is eternal.
CONCLUSION: Easter is the best time to reflect on the great things Jesus has done for everyone in the world. This is more than just another event in human history. It is the event that brings men and God together through the sacrifice of a life, the life of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. The question now for all of us is: have you seen what Jesus has done for you and have you received the gift of salvation Christ came to give you.