Over Holy Week we relived the events of Easter, exploring them using our imagination and senses. Having done so, we’re left with a question, what is their significance?
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Yesterday we thought about how Romans tells us that the resurrection means that Jesus continues to intercede for us. Earlier in the same chapter, Paul reveals another significant aspect of the Easter story – Jesus was sent to be a sin offering. In the Old Testament, people making sin offerings would lay their hands on the animal being sacrificed, representing their sin being passed from themselves to the animal and dealt with. On the Cross, Jesus became the ultimate sin offering, willingly taking upon himself our sin, our destructiveness, selfishness and guilt, leaving us free, not guilty before God.
Thank you for setting me free Lord, help me to use my freedom to glorify you!