COLUMN: The Easter message is a simple truth

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By Jon Rohr

Sometimes we make things so difficult.  We take the simple and wrap it up in complicated explanations.  We use big words where little ones will do.  And as pastors, sometimes we’ll throw in a little Greek or Hebrew just for fun!
This time of year we can see the simple truth of God’s plan for us very clearly.  It is simply written in the difference between Friday and Sunday.  It is just a little difference that makes all the difference in the world.
You see on Friday Jesus died.  He did not die because he deserved it. He was innocent.  Jesus died because we earned it. He took our place!  That is pretty simple isn’t it?  The Bible tells us that the “wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)  Sin is simply rebelling against God, disobeying His commands, rejecting His plan.  We have all done it so there is no shame in admitting it!
But in that same wonderful verse we find the difference between Friday and Sunday.  On Friday Jesus died for us.  On Sunday He rose again to eternal life.  The second half of Romans 6:23 reads, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  That is the Sunday half of the story.
On Friday Jesus took upon Himself all our sin.  All the evil we have ever done, all the destructive, emotions we have ever felt, and all the darkest thoughts we have ever had were nailed on the cross with Him.  Then on Sunday He came out of the tomb to show us that our debt has been paid in full.  Death and sin are defeated and we have the victory in Christ.
All that we need to do is trust Him, follow Him, and believe Him.  It is simple, but not easy.  It is hard to let go of the past and place our hands in the hands of Jesus.  But it is worth it.  In the moment we place our faith and trust in Jesus, Easter Sunday comes alive for us.
This is Good Friday because on that day our debt was paid.  It is an even better Sunday, because on Easter we celebrate our victory in Christ over sin and death and hell and the grave. If you haven’t already, then let me encourage you, trust in Jesus.  He will give you the victory.  See you Sunday!