“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world … All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 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. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-7.
For me, Easter reminds me of our greatest hope and salvation. For all of us born into sin, redeemed by a Saviour who took our place and was raised to life again.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
As a young boy from a dysfunctional and broken home, I was lost and desperate for hope. It was a scripture teacher in my local school who first introduced me to Jesus Christ. Unfortunately though, my relationship with Jesus did not continue on an unshakable and straight trajectory. Life with its bumps and baggage meant that I found myself sowing and reaping of the flesh, a life apart from Christ.
But like it says in Ephesians, God interrupted my sinful nature, “because of his great love for us” and made me alive in Christ. A colleague in the hospital I worked in, reintroduced me to my Saviour Jesus Christ and was instrumental to helping me get my life back on track. I am so thankful for these two ordinary men, who were faithful with where God had placed them, didn’t become weary in doing good and helped a broken individual find his way home. And I believe the fruit of my life is attributed to their obedience and willingness to share Jesus with me.
Easter is a powerful reminder of what Christ has done in my life, and a hope that no matter what life brings He holds my future. If as a young boy and man, broken and in sin, he had already paid the price on the cross for me, and sent two people across my path to tell me of the hope of Jesus, then I am confident of the future with Him.
It is the stand out difference of our faith, a God who paid the price for our sins and failures, doing away with our laws and rules once and for all. Preparing a way for us to be untied with Him for eternity, “because of his great love for us.”
As I reflect on my life up until this point, aware that I do not know what my future holds, this Easter reminds me of the assured hope that I have in Christ.