What about Easter generates excitement for you? The dawning of Spring? A family gathering? Wearing new clothes? These good things are rightfully eclipsed by something far more exciting that we remember at Easter.

The wonder of Easter is set against the backdrop of mankind’s desperate condition. There is bad news that makes the good news of Easter the greatest news of all time.

God’s Word unapologetically teaches that human beings are corrupt by nature and by choice. Whether we are outwardly religious or openly rebellious, “There is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:9) Even a casual observer of our world notices glaring examples of human decadence that belie any claim to basic goodness. Violence on our streets, deception by the elites, jealousy in our hearts, and wars on many fronts are not evidence of essential human goodness.

Humans beings are naturally “hostile towards God…unable to please” Him (Romans 8:7) and destined to experience His just punishment. “The wages of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23a). In a culture that selectively reprimands law-breaking—and often rewards it—many reject the idea of God’s justice. Our distaste for God’s demand for perfect compliance to His moral law doesn’t alter His resolve or absolve us of responsibility for our actions. Humanity deserves condemnation, but God graciously and lovingly provided a grand solution.

“He (Jesus) was delivered over because of our transgression and raised for our justification.” (Romans 4:25) The fact of and faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection are the basis for our being declared righteous and thereby escaping God’s judgment. God’s morally perfect Son voluntarily suffered the penalty of death for us so that all who believe in Jesus would be counted righteous and forgiven (Romans 3:22-25).

When a parent pays for their child’s parking ticket, the guilty party is considered righteous and guiltless before the law because the innocent party paid their fine. The parent is a picture of Jesus.

Christ’s resurrection showed God’s acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice as the sufficient payment for our sin. In His death and resurrection, Jesus secured pardon (Ephesians 1:7), insured possession of eternal life (Romans 6:23), provided purpose (Galatians 2:20), gave power for godly living (Romans 6:4-6), and guaranteed the promise of being raised like Him (Romans 8:11) to all who truly believe.

Easter excitement centers on the glorious good news that Christ died and rose again so that everyone who trusts in Him will escape God’s wrath and live eternally. Embrace the real excitement of Easter by turning from your rebellion and trusting Christ for deliverance from God’s condemnation.

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