So many of God’s promises were fulfilled in Jesus – promises made long ago in Old Testament. I have no idea how many were made by God to his people about the work that Jesus would do on this earth (I know it was A LOT), but Jesus fulfilled them all. The most important promise of God was fulfilled in Jesus death and resurrection – the promise of redemption.
Before Jesus, sacrifices were required to be made by the high priest in the temple on ones behalf. No one but the high priest was allowed behind the curtain into the holy of holies where God was said to dwell and sacrifices were made. But the book of Hebrews tell us that when Jesus’ blood was spilled, he became our high priest, giving himself as a permanent sacrifice so that we can be eternally redeemed.
Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we can now “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy” (ESV). Because of what was done on the cross and in the tomb (that tomb is empty by the way, y’all!), we have complete freedom to come before God to request and receive the sweet forgiveness given through Jesus Christ. No longer do we need anyone to make sacrifices over and over again for our mistakes and request God’s forgiveness on our behalf. God made a way for us to approach him directly, be eternally redeemed, and dwell with him.
Our God – what a promise keeper. Hallelujah.
This is our gospel truth, the story of Easter. The story of a precious baby, born to a virgin, who lived a perfect, sinless life, only to be crucified on a cross at a place called Golgotha. He was betrayed by one of his best friends, arrested, mocked, beaten, and murdered for you and me. Rising from the grave after three days, our Savior. Sweet redemption.
We did nothing to deserve this, yet Jesus gave himself anyway. I think that’s the beauty of this story. What great love God showed to us. What great desire he has to be in relationship with us that he would sacrifice himself. It’s crazy and wild and so humbling. Wherever you find yourself this Easter, take some time to really dwell on this beautiful gift of salvation and redemption we’ve been given. Happy Resurrection Day, y’all.