In the midst of Easter week there are seven facts of Easter you don’t want to miss. These facts are easy to overlook. Even the Jews who were waiting for their promised Messiah couldn’t see God’s hidden strategy on that first Easter—they were looking for a Conquering King, not a Suffering Servant.
The disciples of Jesus didn’t see God’s hidden tactics—they ran away and denied ever knowing Jesus.
Satan couldn’t see the fullness of God’s plan—he was on the lookout for a Jewish King/Messiah who would reign over mankind. He had orchestrated his temptations accordingly.
The Jews, disciples, and even Satan missed the connection between the yearly sacrifice of an unblemished lamb and the final sacrifice of a sinless man—the Lamb of God.
Here are seven facts of Easter you don’t want to miss:
1. On a lonely cross, Jesus took on the sins of the world so that in His death sin would also die. It was the only way that humanity could again become right before God (2 Cor. 5:21).
2. He who had cursed man with death now experienced it Himself (Gal. 3:13).
3. God the Father and God the Holy Spirit turned away from God the Son, who in His innocence became crucified Sin. In His holiness, God walked away from a cross. In His love, God the Son embraced the cross so that we might be ransomed (John 10:17, 18).
4. As this innocent Lamb shed His blood, our sins became invalid in the courts of heaven. Neither could death hold Him in the grave, for sin and its death-curse were rendered powerless. He rose triumphant to proclaim freedom to all men who would accept His redeeming work (I Tim. 4:10).
5. Heaven rang with the declaration that sin and Satan no longer had legal authority over man, for the price of innocent blood had been eternally paid (Rom. 6:6; Heb. 2:14, 15).
6. Throughout the universe the cry of victory rose as the Prince of Darkness and his forces were paraded in the Triumphant Procession of the King of Kings. Heaven and earth shook with the victory of the Cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).
7. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him (John 3:16-18 The Message Bible).
That’s the facts. Any comments?
(This post was taken from my book, Intercessors, God’s End-Time Vanguard.
In Him together, Susan Gaddis