Over 2’000 years ago, three days have forever changed the story of humanity, and the power of what happened then is as strong today as it was back then. Easter took place. Jesus gave his life and his death and resurrection brought a mighty change for every human being and heralded a new age.
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2,19
The people who heard Jesus say this didn’t understand him. They thought he was talking about the temple that was built in 46 years. But Jesus spoke about himself, of the temple of his body. He knew that he would die and rise again after three days. That’s why he said he would raise the temple up again. Three days have formed and changed the story of humanity like nothing else. Till then people lived under the law of Moses and had to fulfill its demands. The problem with that was, that no human being is ever able to fulfill the law. God knew that from the start which is why he provided the option of offerings, through which people would receive forgiveness of their sins. But the blood of animals couldn’t wash away the sins, but only cover them. A greater offering was needed. Someone who would be able to fulfill the law including its demands and redeem humanity once and for all from sin and its consequences. There was only one man who met these criteria: The son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus who was innocent and totally sinless gave his life representatively for you and me so that we are free forever.
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19,30
Jesus fulfilled the law at the cross, he took upon himself the consequences for every breach of law, he bore the sin of all humanity and carried every single disease, pain and affliction. He fulfilled the law and the consequences of breaching the law. Therefore, he could say: It is finished! For Jesus has truly accomplished what has never been possible before: Through his blood sin has been washed away, forgiveness flowed and by his stripes healing came. Hence the price was paid. It’s truly finished. You and I have been ransomed from the prison of sin, guilt and condemnation and have been redeemed from the curse of the law which stuck to us through diseases, affliction, pain and death. It would have been so easy for Jesus to get down from the cross and thereby put an end to all his suffering. After all he was innocent. Yet his love for you kept him on the cross and let him endure this awful torture. At the cross love has triumphed and won the day. Jesus thought of you when he was hanging on the cross and because he loves you so much, he stayed there till his work was finished. Yet the best thing is, that Jesus didn’t stay dead. After three days he rose, and he lives!
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10,4
Jesus conquered death! Before Jesus came, the law applied but Jesus has fulfilled and ended it. What has come to an end is no longer valid. Today, you no longer live under the law. Thus, you no longer must follow rules and regulations to please God and receive his blessing. Through Jesus grace came. Now it’s all about receiving the gift of God’s love and grace, by accepting Jesus. Since Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, he thereby legally heralded a new age, the age of grace. Those three days have changed the story of humanity forever and the power of the cross is as strong today as it was back then. Jesus cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2,14). Jesus offers you his forgiveness, his redemption, his healing and his grace. He offers you everlasting salvation and a life under his grace. What will your answer be?