By Adam Brown –
This weekend we remember the most significant event ever. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was more momentous and consequential than even the Creation of the world. Without the Cross, the sin of humanity would have compelled God to destroy everything He had made. Our sin is not just a problem for us. Since we are the apex of God’s creative work – made in the image of the Creator Himself – our sin condemns the whole universe, everything that God has made (Romans 8:18–22).
Without the Cross, our sin would have brought the end to all things. Each of us would have been condemned to hell forever and ever. God’s ruined Creation would have been burnt up as if it had never been spoken into existence. And God would have been beaten by His creatures. A band of rebellious angels and a race of sinful humanity would have undone the work of Almighty God.
This weekend, however, we recognize that our sin did not necessitate the end of all things. The Sovereign God of the universe is greater than our sin. By death and resurrection, Jesus redeemed – bought back – what had been stolen from Him. It is by the death and resurrection of Jesus that we are born again to eternal life. It is by the death and resurrection of Jesus that all things are made new.
This weekend, therefore, we remember that anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord is saved by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures to the glory of God. More than that, we celebrate that by death and resurrection, God saved the cosmos. At the end of the age, God will burn-up and then resurrect the Creation that we corrupted by our sin (2 Peter 3:10–13; Revelation 21—22). We call this resurrected universe the new heavens and the new earth.
The Gospel is big. It is bigger than you. It is bigger than me. The Gospel declares God’s plan and God’s work to redeem the whole universe (Jesus is crowned with thorns, the ancient symbol for God’s curse against the Creation on account of Adam’s sin). We killed it. Jesus died to restore it. In light of this, it is shocking and humbling to affirm that God places us on the summit of His redemptive plan. We who are saved shall judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)! Indeed, we who are saved shall reign with Christ forever and ever, in every age to come (2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 2:4–7)!
Thus, let us gather on Friday (10:00am) and Sunday (10:00am) to sing our praises to the God who does such wonders for us, in spite of us.
I love the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my all in all, the heartbeat of my life.
I pray that we, at SouthShore, would have a big view of the Gospel. And, may the fire of this Gospel cause any and all pettiness among us to burn away like dross. Surely the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord of Glory shall put all things into their proper perspective.