“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I Peter 1:3 ESV
There are times when our burdens bring us to a breaking point . . . when our pain leads us to poverty. Through heartache and hopelessness, many have reached the point of emotional insolvency. The psalmist write, “For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain.” (Ps 109:22 NLT) He found the necessity to focus on his Blessed Redeemer instead of his bankrupt ruin.
David composes an anathemas anthem that illustrates the compassionate Christ’s response toward the condemners at the crucifixion. Franz Delitzsch writes, “These imprecations are not appropriate in the mouth of the suffering Saviour. This wrathful spirit is overpowered by the Spirit of love.”
He Is The Reconciler. As Jesus hung on the cross, He uttered a righteous reprieve to His revilers, “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:34 NLT). The psalmist prophetically confesses the same sentiment, “I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!” (Ps 109:4 NLT). Paul reminds us, “All this is from God, Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:18-19 NIV)
Jesus brings us together with our Creator.
He Is The Rescuer. When we are lost, He finds us. When we are trapped, He frees us. When we are drowning in our own demise, He becomes our lifeline of love. Gratefully, He rescues us because that’s Who He is. The psalmist writes, “But deal well with me, O Sovereign LORD, for the sake of Your own reputation! Rescue me because You are so faithful and good.” (Ps 109:21 NLT). His faithfulness has given us a future . . . His goodness has given grace. The apostle Paul writes, “For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.” (Col 1:13 NLT)
Jesus saves us from destruction.
He Is The Redeemer. David writes, “Help me, O LORD my God! Save me because of your unfailing love.” (Ps 109:26 NLT). Matthew Henry reminds us, “Men’s curses are impotent, God’s blessings are omnipotent.” God purchased us from the prince of this world with price of His Son’s atoning blood. There is a cross on which He hung and a tomb that He emptied . . . all because He loves us. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.” Our shackles of sin and selfishness are loosened by His love. Paul continues his thoughts to the Christ-followers in Colossae, “Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” (Col 1:14 NLT)
Jesus washes us whiter than snow.
He Is The Resurrection. The tomb was and is empty. He is risen. It is Powerful. Paul writes, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11 ESV) It is Promised. “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25 NLT) And, it is Proven. The physician and Christ-follower, Luke writes, “He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:6 ESV)
Jesus is the Risen Savior.
Charles Wesley wrote these timeless lyrics in 1739:
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Christ has reconciled us. He has rescued us. And, He has redeemed us. He is Risen. Alleluia!