Newsletter April 2018
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)
At this time of the year we will again focus on remembering the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul emphasised the preaching of the death and resurrection of Jesus because He understood – by revelation of the Holy Spirit – that it was the most significant event ever to have taken place in the history of humanity.
We can probably think of many individuals and events that “made history” – events by which something was set in motion that could never again be reversed, thus changing the course of human history. Kingdoms that were once great and influential came to nothing as others rose up to take their place. Discoveries and inventions opened up new doors, creating new opportunities, but also new dangers.
All these events took place in the physical realm; they changed only the course of the history of this world. However, when Jesus cried out on the cross of Calvary, “It is finished!” and His physical body died, the course of history was changed in the invisible, spiritual realm. This moment that the prophets had foretold marked a change that could truly never be reversed. The penalty of sin had been paid so that a lost world could now be redeemed. The rule of Satan, which had brought so much misery to humanity and all of creation, had come to an end. From now on humanity no longer had to remain subject to his devices. Through His sacrifice on the cross, God’s sinless Son had taken away our guilt, thus restoring us to God.
And He did not remain in the grave. On the third day He rose again from the dead, demonstrating the power of God through His resurrection. Because of this one event all those who believe have now been saved from sin and death and have received the hope of eternal life. History had truly been changed!
The real issues of victory and defeat are therefore not decided on the physical battlefields of this world, but in the spiritual realm. Through Jesus’ resurrection the real war has been won on behalf of humanity. The victory over sin and Satan’s power is available to all those who believe and receive it. Paul therefore prayed for the believers in Ephesus that they would realise what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion … (Eph. 1:19-20)
As we remember the events of Calvary, let us look to our Saviour, knowing that He has already overcome the world for us! And remember: with God nothing is impossible.