Cross Walk Devotional: The Day That Everything Changed

Growing up as a children in America, we learned about all the days in history that had an impact our lives: the day we won our independence from England, the day we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, and most recently, the attack of the Twin Towers on 9/11. These days all had great significance, and we now have dates that we use to remember these historic occasions.

All of these days have great importance in our history, but they all are small in comparison to the day we celebrate each year in the Spring to remember and celebrate the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the grave of death. This day is the day that changed everything.

Before the resurrection there was the cross and the death Jesus had to endure on our behalf. Without the cross, there is no resurrection and there is no mercy from God because His justice would not be satisfied. With all thanks and praise to Jesus, payment has been made, and we do have the mercy we don’t deserve.

The penalty for our sins was paid on the cross, so why was the resurrection so necessary to complete our redemption?

Without the resurrection, the only thing we would have is sympathy without victory. Our hope comes not only when the darkness is shared but also in the process of leading us out into the light.

Without the resurrection, Satan would have won. Paul suggests that the cross was a trap for Satan. Due to his limitations in knowledge he did not see God’s plan with the cross and the resurrection to bring about our redemption.

Without the resurrection, death would still be our final enemy. Jesus took on our humanity “so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death —that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15). Jesus, through His resurrection from death, has removed the fear and the sting from death.

Without the resurrection, we would not have newness of life. Where the cross brings forgiveness of sins, the resurrection brings us an offer of new life. In his discussion of baptism, Paul gives us the vision of us identifying with Christ in His death and His resurrection. When we enter our watery grave, we nail our sins to the tree, and as we rise up from the water, we leave our old life in the grave and walk in a brand new life. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).

As we stop and reflect this day on all that changed for all time for all people everywhere, it is important to see the power and significance of this day. We can see how it truly did change everything for every person who would believe in Jesus and His sufficiency and repent to live God’s way.  These will have life and life eternal.

If I truly believe that this resurrection did occur, then what has changed for me and my life? How about those around me who may not believe? Have I shared this Good News with them? Do I live as if this Gospel message is just for me or am I proclaiming this message of life and victory to every person at every opportunity that is presented?

Lord, we offer our thanks today to you for your Son Jesus, who paid our penalty for our sin and then through His resurrection proclaimed victory over sin and death. We praise you and your perfect plan and ask your forgiveness for our disbelief. Lord, give us the desire and the courage to love others as you have loved us and to proclaim this message to the lost at every opportunity. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Peace and grace to all in Jesus’ name!

You are loved! Jackie Gass