Category Archives: Easter

Reflections on the Cross

The Impact of Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on the Cross

God could not accept us as we are, sinful, rebellious, selfish, unrighteous, unholy, unloving. He could not just ignore our condition without the cross.

God does not accept us as we are, but in spite of the way we are, He…

  • declares us righteous in Christ’s cross work of redemption
  • adopts us as son with Christ
  • transforms us into the image of Christ
  • and welcomes us into an eternal relationship with the Father

Spheres of Salvation

From the prison of sin
To the courtroom justification
To the living room of adoption
To the banquet room of glorification

Sin locks us in the prison of guilt before God
—unable to do anything to free ourselves
Justification replaces our guilt in the courtroom with righteous
—undeserved, unearned and unreimbursable
Adoption welcomes us into the living room
—unconditionally accepted in the family of God
Glorification seats us at the table with the Father
—unbroken fellowship for eternity

Basic Terms of Salvation

The atonement is the cross-work of Christ in which Christ by the grace of God has taken our place and has done what we could not do for ourselves:

Aspect

Theological Term

Anchor Passages

    1. He died once for all
Sacrifice Rom 3:25; 5:9-10;
    1. in our place

Substitution

Rom 5:6-8; 1 Pet 3:18

2 Cor 5:21

    1. paying the price for our sin
Redemption

 

Rom 3:24
    1. that satisfied God’s holiness
Propitiation/ Satisfaction Rom 3:25-26; 5:9
    1. by being declared us righteous in Christ

Justification

Rom 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11
    1. thereby providing an eternal relationship with God

Reconciliation

2 Cor 5:19; Rom 5:1, 10-11; Jn 5:24

2 Cor 5:18-21

He is Risen! He is Returning!

Do I live like Christ died yesterday, arose this morning and is coming back tomorrow?

Do I feel the pain of His death on my behalf?
Do I rejoice at the reality of His resurrection vindicating His sacrifice, assuring me of life?
Do I anticipate seeing Him face to face with uncontainable excitement?

Do I live today in a way that if Jesus Christ returns today my attitude, actions, activities and affections would all honor Him?

Do those who encounter me receive the grace that I have received?
Do those who know me best receive both mercy and grace in the abundance I have received?

Do my daily interactions reveal a certain anticipation of resurrection or do I get distracted by the mundane?
Do I do all things, mandatory, mundane or meaningful, as practice of living for eternity glorifying Him?
Do I live with an intentional urgency that today may be THE day He returns?

Do I infect those in my sphere of influence with hope?
Do I inspire others toward certain hope?

May I not have a critical self-centered small perspective
May my thoughts be higher than conflicts around me

May I live by faith that saved and sustains
May my faith have eyes to daily see the truth of resurrection and return

May the gospel be true to me each day, He is my all, I had to surrender self-effort and I must continue to surrender self-sufficiency because I need His saving grace, empowering grace, sustaining grace, hope giving grace

His resurrection gives hope
His resurrection empowers living
His resurrection mandates declaration

I do believe, the best news, He is Risen and He is Returning!
Bless the Lord God for the Cross-work of Jesus Christ and for certain anticipation, for hope.

He is Risen and He is Returning!
Hallelujah! Maranatha!
Praise the LORD! O Lord, come!

Stephen C. Kilgore March 2015

 

Seven Stanzas at Easter

Seven Stanzas at Easter
By John Updike

Make no mistake: if he rose at all

It was as His body;

If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit,

The amino acids rekindle,

The Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
Each soft spring recurrent;
It was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the
Eleven apostles;
It was as His flesh; ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes
The same valved heart
That—pierced—died, withered, paused, and then regathered
Out of enduring Might
New strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
Analogy, sidestepping, transcendence,
Making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded
Credulity of earlier ages:
Let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
Not a stone in a story,
But the vast rock of materiality that in the slow grinding of
Time will eclipse for each of us
The wide light of day.

And if we have an angel at the tomb,
Make it a real angel,
Weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in
The dawn light, robed in real linen
Spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
For our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
Lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are embarrassed
By the miracle,

And crushed by remonstrance.

He is risen indeed!

I’m a believer. I believe that Christ rose physically from the dead on Resurrection Sunday—Easter Sunday.  I cannot imagine better news. And so, with my fellow Christians around the world, I join in declaring, “Christ is risen!, He is risen indeed!”

He is Risen, He is risen indeed--languages

Preparing for Easter

Resources to help you proactively remembers Jesus Christ’s cross-work and celebrating His resurrection and exaltation.

I’m including many excellent resources, don’t feel overwhelmed—pick one and use it to prepare your mind, heart and soul for an encounter with God, to overflow with thanksgiving and develop greater anticipated certainty (hope). Within each section they are listed from simple to more complex (or longer).

Overview and purpose of Lent

http://blogs.bible.org/engage/sandra_glahn/lent_101_five_suggestions
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-christians-get-wrong-about-lent

Reading plans

http://blog.youversion.com/2015/02/6-bible-plans-to-help-you-connect-during-lent/
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1789/collects_epistles_gospels_1789&1892.htm

Simple outline with Scripture of the final week

Final Week of Jesus

Chronology
Triumphal Entry
The date of the crucifixion

Books

The Final Days of Jesus: The Most important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived, by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor

An outline of the final week from The Final Days of Jesus (This is from the book listed above for those who need something shorter.)
40 Day reading guide The Final Days of Jesus

For those who learn better “seeing,” you can also see a series of short video post

http://stevekilgore.com/2479/preparing-for-easter/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/12/holy-week-day-1-palm-sunday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/13/holy-week-day-2-monday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/14/holy-week-day-3-tuesday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/15/holy-week-day-4-wednesday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/16/holy-week-day-5-thursday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/17/holy-week-day-6-friday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/18/holy-week-day-7-saturday/

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2014/04/19/holy-week-day-8-sunday/

Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Russ Ramsey

If the book is too much, here is a study guide from the book that will help you see the whole life of Jesus