It’s Easter Saturday. I am contemplating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here is one of my thoughts.
There is a smorgasbord of religions around the world on offer to humanity. Atheists say none of them are real. Each religion’s adherents say they are all wrong except the one they believe. Seems to present a significant dilemma to a person when it comes to where they spend eternity.
So what gives me strong confidence in my faith in Jesus Christ?
Well not all religions are the same. In fact, Christianity has an interesting distinctive. Put that aside for a minute though……all religions are the same in the fact that they deal with a deity, mankind, death and the afterlife. But the vast majority of religions all lift up the power of mankind to either save himself or at least contribute significantly to his salvation. If you visit Mecca, if you are baptized by the right ancestors of a religion’s founders, if you knock on doors, if you don’t smoke, if you give money, pray enough etc. At the same time as empowering mankind for his own salvation, all but one religion reduces who Jesus is, from Son of God to prophet, teacher, good leader. So in summary…..Man more powerful. Jesus less powerful..
So here is the Christian distinctive. The bible teaches that man was unable to save himself. So weak in his sin that he contributed nothing toward his salvation. And yet at the same time it was all Jesus.
The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
So in Summary….Jesus all powerful….Man no power.
Let’s go deeper. Jesus as the Son of God has all power in His love and grace to save a wretched sinner like me.
And for that I will praise him for eternity.
My Name is Peter Pilt and I have been a Christian for 40 years. I can do nothing for my salvation. Jesus did it all on the cross.