A smiling woman, I’ll call Glenda, walked into our get-together clinging to her friend’s elbow. She was blind. I later learned her story.
Glenda has a rare genetically caused blindness. She depends on her friends not only to guide her but also to read menus and describe sunsets. Glenda’s daughter inherited her blindness.
If Glenda had good eyes, I have no doubt she’d give one to her daughter. But Glenda couldn’t pass on what she lacks.
Last Christmas, the FDA approved a drug to treat genetic blindness. The estimated cost could be as much as a million dollars. Imagine finding a cure for your blindness and not being able to afford it.
We, like Glenda, inherited blindness—spiritual blindness—from our forefather, Adam, and passed it on to our children. We also inherited spiritual death and separation from God. Dead people can’t generate life. Because “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23), Jesus is the only person who can give spiritual life.
What’s more precious than physical sight? Something we couldn’t afford—salvation. But Jesus paid the price and purchased it for us with His own blood.
In celebration of Easter, let’s spell out some of E–A–S–T–E–R’s benefits.
We don’t have to wait until we die to receive eternal life. It begins the moment we receive Jesus into our lives. It is a quantity of life, but it is also a quality of life.
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (Jn. 17:3 NASB).
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (Jn. 10:10 NLT).
God accepts me on the basis of Christ’s perfect performance. We accept our standard poodles as part of our family, but we don’t approve of all they do! God accepts me where I am, but He is at work in me giving me the desire to be more like Him (Gal. 5:22-23). As I respond in faith and obedience I am able to better experience His unconditional love.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” (1 Jn. 4:18-19).
There would be no Easter without Good Friday. (If you want to know more about why we call the day Jesus died Good Friday, click here.)
Sin contaminated our thoughts, desires, and emotions making them unreliable indicators of truth. We not only need forgiveness we also need deliverance from sin’s power. Jesus’ blood saves us from the penalty and the power of sin so we can enjoy closeness with God.
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT).
When a sinner receives Christ they experience a radical and permanent nature change. The Bible says I was darkness; now I’m light. I was God’s enemy; now I’m His beloved child. I was sinful; now I’m holy (Rom. 3:24; I Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Ephes. 5:8).
A worm has a worm’s soul. But a caterpillar has the soul of a butterfly. On days we feel and act like caterpillars, we must remember how God sees us.
Everything We Need
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NLT)
Relationship With God
Whenever circumstances or thoughts say we’re not loved, the cross reminds us how far God went to demonstrate His love. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:38-39).
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8 NLT). #Devotional, #Easter Click To Tweet
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13 NLT).
What is more precious than eyesight? EASTER! Because of Easter we possess—
- Eternal life,
- Salvation from sin’s power in life and penalty in death
- Everything we need
- Relationship with God
What could be more special than this? Is there any guilt or habit you need to bring to the cross to receive God’s cleansing and healing? What need will you bring to Jesus?