Suffering Servant, resurrected Savior, exalted King
    April 8 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    The two great pillars of Christianity are Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and His triumphant bodily resurrection. Christ literally died for our sins and was physically raised from the dead for our justification.
    Something was achieved on that cross that affected all mankind. Without His death, there could not have been a resurrection but without His resurrection, His death would not have achieved its full purpose. When Adam and Eve broke God’s law, they were doomed to live and die under the curse of sin – just like you and I. Even though God is love, His righteousness and justice demand that we be accountable for our sin.
    What was God’s option for the problem of man’s sin? How could His justice and mercy be reconciled? The solution: God’s grace demonstrated through His Son. Christianity is a gospel of redemption. Jesus was many things – prophet, priest and physician – but supremely, He came to be our savior. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
    He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He paid a price we could not pay. Jesus died vicariously. He shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus became God’s provision for man’s predicament.
    In Philippians 2:8, Paul declared that Jesus Christ, the suffering servant, “took upon Himself the form of a servant and became obedient unto death, even the death on a cross.” He was divinely appointed as we are told in John 3:16, and He was adequate to pay for our sin because He was sinless, holy and perfect (Hebrews 4:15). There is only “one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
    Can you visualize that supreme event – Christ’s atoning death on a lonely cross? Oh, the wonder of this gospel! Can we see Him on the cross? Can we see ourselves?
    His death was undeserved, but it was necessary, and it was also sufficient for the payment of our sin.
    We celebrate that the story of redemption did not end with the death of Christ.
    The day of His death was sad and appeared hopeless, but Resurrection Sunday came. Through His death, Christ paid the penalty for our sin according to God’s plan of redemption. He defeated death and hell when He arose from the grave.
    It demonstrated that Jesus was not just a man.
    Jesus was God in human flesh. Paul wrote in Philippians 2:9-11, “God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
    This is the reason for the Easter season! In the Old Testament, Christ was portrayed as the suffering servant, but in the New Testament He is recognized as the resurrected savior.
    When He comes again, we will proclaim Him as King of kings and Lord of lords.
    4/8/2014 2:10:14 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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