Our Father in Heaven,
As Christians around the world celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we thank you for the sacrifice that your Son made on our behalf, a sacrifice we don’t consider, meditate on, or give thanks for often enough. In fact, it’s usually only during this time of the year that many of us even think about the resurrection.
In perfect unity with the other members of the Trinity, Jesus willingly came to earth as a human, as one of us, enduring suffering and temptation just as we do, but without sin. From the beginning, Jesus knew that His earthly mission would end up on a cruel Roman cross. He prayed in the garden that his cup would pass, but He was in complete submission to Your will.
In the “Great Exchange” on the cross, Jesus took on himself the sins of all Christians – past, present and future. In exchange, He gave us His righteousness.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
This is Amazing Grace! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
We thank you today for that sacrifice. It is a sacrifice, the only sacrifice, that gives us hope. Hope for eternity. This world is incredible with all of its blessings, but we also face loss, disappointment, shootings, pandemics, death, failure, etc. all as a result of sin. But one day, because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, death, the final enemy, will be defeated. On that day, there will be no more death, and every tear will be wiped away.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
Father, we thank you for the perfect, obedient life of Jesus. We thank you for His sacrificial death on a cross. And, we thank you for His resurrection, which offers a world that has lost hope – hope.
We pray in Jesus’ precious name, Amen