I love the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s the time when we remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ life before His crucifixion. It’s the week that we anticipate celebrating the risen Lord Jesus! In my family we are focusing on two ideas this week that I want to share with you.
1) The cross is the supreme demonstration of the love of God.
In Romans 5:8 we read, “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The cross of Christ declares over your life that you are loved. Jesus willingly took our sins and satisfied the wrath of God that we deserve. Jesus willingly laid down His life even though He was completely innocent. So, if you ever wonder if God loves you, all you have to do is look to the cross.
2) The resurrection is the supreme demonstration of the power of God.
In Romans 1:4, the Bible says that Jesus, “was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead.” Paul, in speaking of the power of God wrote in Ephesians of, “…the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead…” The resurrection exhibits the power of God in breathtaking fashion. God is more powerful than the grave! He has defeated our last enemy, death!
I’m glad that God is a God of love and power. If He was a God of love but didn’t have power He might want to save us but He would be unable to do anything about our desperate condition. If God was a God of power but He wasn’t a God of love; He would have the power to save but not the desire. The idea of God possessing the attributes of love and power is an idea that is found throughout the Bible. Consider Psalm 62:11-12, “Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this; that power belongs to God, and that to You, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.”
I’m grateful that the power and love of God are both central in the Gospel message! I want to encourage you to meditate on these two ideas. When you think of the cross, think deeply of the love of God, and when you think of the empty tomb stand in awe of the power of God. How can we do anything other than give God the glory He deserves?
Blessings and Happy Easter!