Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Cross and the Empty Tomb

by Gregory A. Johnson

By Rennett Stowe from USA (Easter Lilly  Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Easter Lilly
Not just during the Easter season, but each day, we are confronted with the cross of Christ and the empty tomb. What do they mean? Why are they so significant?

In the 1800's Ralph E. Hudson wrote the chorus to the sacred hymn, At the Cross: "At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!"
  • At the cross, we realize how much God loves us (Romans 5:8).  
  • At the cross, we are justified and saved from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9).  
  • At the cross, we are reconciled to God (Romans 5:10). 
  • At the cross, we experience forgiveness of sins (Luke 23:34).