This weekend we celebrate the last days of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, son of God, his sacrifice for us, taking our sins to the cross, teaching us to love one another, teaching us the only way to heaven is through him. So many people especially in America say they do not know which way to turn, other religions have their leaders, true, but there is one significant difference, Jesus is the only one who claimed to be of God. The others were all men and stated they were men. So with that said, we need to remember our Lord and Savior and his sacrifice.
On this day, Thursday, Jesus introduced the last supper to his disciples. Take, eat; this is my body as he shared bread with his disciples. And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.’ This tradition is followed by some churches every week, some churches at other times, but almost all churches will partake of the last supper also known as communion this weekend.
That leads us to Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified. First he was betrayed and delivered into the hands of the Pharisees, then to the Romans, and betrayed by a crowd shouting for his death. Any different than today? Guilty before innocence – kind of reminds you of a certain lawsuit filed on January 13 in the racing community and everyone automatically assuming someone is guilty which means if you are one of these people you would have been one of the people shouting for Christ’s death. Jesus was beaten, flogged, spit upon, made to carry the wood for his cross to Golgotha, nailed to the cross, raised on the cross, and eventually die on the cross. His death occurs on Good Friday.
Why would God do this because he was setting up the new covenant. Jesus, God’s son, had to die for our sins was so that we could be forgiven and go to be with the Lord. Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1 ,14; Col. 2:9), and only God can satisfy the Law requirements of a perfect life and perfect sacrifice that cleanses us of our sins.
All of us have sinned against God. But, God is infinitely holy and righteous. He must punish the sinner, the Law- breaker. If He didn’t, then His law is not Law, for there is no law that is a law without a punishment. The punishment for breaking the Law is death–separation from God. Therefore, we sinners need a way to escape the righteous judgment of God. Since we are stained by sin and cannot keep the Law of God, then the only one who could do what we cannot is God Himself. That is why Jesus is God in flesh. He is both divine and human. He was made under the Law (Gal. 4:4), and He fulfilled it perfectly. Therefore, His sacrifice to God the Father on our behalf is of infinite value and is sufficient to cleanse all people from their sins and undo the offense to God.
Finally on Sunday, Easter, we celebrate the rolling away of the stone, the Savior risen from the dead, observed by his disciples and others. The completion of God’s new covenant because he loved us so he gave his only son! God and Jesus made it easy to go to heaven, believe simply that Jesus is your savior, repent of your sins, be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Getting to heaven has nothing to do with how much you attend church at a building. it has everything to do with becoming a part of the church by believing, repenting, and being baptized.