Easter is this weekend. It is as basic as it gets for Christians. We cannot ever forget what Easter is about. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul ask us to remember how simple the gospel is. Jesus died for our sins. He was buried. And He was made alive again on the 3rd day. That is the simple and clear message that thousands of churches around the world will be professing this Easter. It is this gospel that has the power to save all who believe it (Romans 1:16). This has led me to recently ask a simple question… What are we saved from?
Jesus died, Jesus was buried, and Jesus was resurrected. The gospel is that simple.
For the majority of believers, I am afraid that we have lost sight or even worse, never knew what we needed salvation from. I started asking Christians the simple question, “What are we saved from?” I got many answers, many of which weren’t wrong, but they aren’t the answer. And no, I am not out trying to be a stickler on semantics. Answers like we are saved from our sins, we are saved from Hell, we are saved from ourselves, and we are saved from Satan. Yes, all of these are true, but they are all parts of the right answer. So what is the right answer?
Romans 5:9 “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
We are saved from the wrath of God!
As believers we must understand that we are saved from the wrath of God. We must understand that our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers are in danger of suffering the wrath of God. Did you get that!?! Those around you that do not follow Jesus are in sever danger of the wrath of God. God knows this, that is why He sent His son! We celebrate Easter to remember the event that allows us to be in God’s immediate presence for all of eternity… The Resurrection!
I urge you to take time this Easter weekend to understand that God through Jesus saves us from the wrath of God. He saves us from His own wrath. Ponder that! I also urge you to share Easter. Your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers desperately need to know they are are facing the wrath of God because of their sins. Use Easter as that time, no matter where they are in life and what road they are walking down, they are aware that this weekend is Easter, so its already on their minds.
Tomorrow I will address sin as part of Easter.
© Jonathan Haley Uhrig 2014