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Easter offers new beginning

Gary Wingo

“It is finished,” Jesus exclaimed as he breathed his last. “It is finished” – his passion resounded off the cross. “It is finished” – the life of the greatest person whoever lived was over. “It is finished” – the words drift down through history to all who would listen and embrace the truth. “It is finished.” What is finished? Why would Jesus say that? About 2,000 years ago, on a similar Saturday, everyone believed “it is finished” meant “it’s all over.” The Roman cross did its work. Followers of Christ mourned, and the Roman guard and religious leaders breathed a sigh of relief. But Sunday morning brought a different scenario. The sun’s first rays pierced the sky as sharply as the nails punctured the Son of Godí’s hands. Broken-hearted disciples made their way to the grave only to witness an unusual, life-changing event. The stone was rolled away and the tomb empty! It WAS finished, but certainly not over! “He is risen!” the angel proclaimed. “He is risen,” the women told their fellow disciples. “He is risen,” the truth shouts to us this Easter! Corinthians 5:21, the Bible relates – “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, not only took ALL our sins upon himself, He actually became our sin. This very day, 2,000 years ago, Jesus bore the punishment we deserved. Why? One simple truth – he loves us. God loves us just as we are and couldn’t imagine spending eternity without us. “It is finished” means the Father and the Son did the necessary work to set us free – forgiven and given a new beginning in life. Jesus didn’t stay in the grave. God resurrected Him bodily from the dead to complete the process of grace that’s free for the asking. Easter means God gave us THE gift of all time! “He is risen” means there is more to life than planet Earth. Easter is designed for us to realize and embrace the depth of God’s compassion for our imperfect life. Let me encourage you to receive this gift and grab hold of the savior. Jesus finished the work for us and rose to “give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57) Now, the choice is up to us. What will you do? “For God loves you and me so much that He gave us His only Son – that whoever puts their faith and trust in Him would never die, but have eternal life. For God didnít send His Son into the world to condemn us, but that we might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16) Gary Wingo leads the Seekers Fellowship.Vail, Colorado

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