I love this time of year. I’m not talking about the warming of the weather, or the holidays and vacations that we get to enjoy. I am referring to a special season in the life of the church. This time of year enables us to focus in on the center of our life. We get to celebrate Easter.
One moment in this year’s Easter service sticks out to me. It came in the form of a song: Stuart Townend’s How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. These lines in particular:
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
What other reason do we have to rejoice on Easter but the truth in these lines. We have done nothing to earn God’s favor, His grace. We bring nothing into the transaction…no gifts, no power, no wisdom. It is purely an act of mercy from the Father to draw us to Himself, through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.
Why? Why would we gain from this? We are the ones that put Him on that tree. It was our sin that put him there…the sin of our despising and rejecting…our sin of cursing His name and mocking Him. It was our sin of nailing our Savior to a cross.
But God, even in this was at work. It was our sin…the weight and burden…the guilt that we rightly bear…that held Him there. In his great love, Jesus Christ went to the cross and bore our sins in his body. He died upon our cross. The wrath of God was poured out on Him instead of on us.
His wounds have paid my ransom.
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
I will boast in this.
It was all Him.
It was all by Him.
It is all for Him and His Glory.