August 9, 2022     3:38 pm
150. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Tuesday
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification
          Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.   Romans 4:25
          Christ was delivered for our offences, delivered into death. He atoned for our sins by His death. And He was raised again for our justification. By the resurrection of Christ God has made us righteous, declared us righteous, has justified us. Even as Christ's surrender into death is our atonement, so His resurrection is our justification. I wonder if you understand this, kind reader. Christ is our Substitute. By atoning for our sins with His death as our Substitute, He has reconciled God to us. And then God raised Him from the dead. Thereby God declared in very fact that nothing has remained for Christ to do for our reconciliation, towards the atonement for our sins. By the resurrection of our Substitute, God declared that our sins have been atoned for, that in His sight we are righteous - in Christ. Christ's resurrection is Christ's justification of our sins, and hence it is our justification; for Christ is justified for our sins, as our Substitute, in our stead, for us. If Christ had not been raised from the dead, we would not know whether our sins were really atoned for, whether God had actually accepted His sacrifice for our sins, whether we were actually reconciled to God, whether we were actually righteous before God in Christ. But now that God has raised Christ, we know that He has actually atoned for our sins, that God has actually accepted the sacrifice of Christ for our sins, - that we are actually reconciled to God, that we are actually righteous in the sight of God. And so we must look upon Christ's resurrection from the dead as upon the declaration of our righteousness, our justification, and fully trust in it. What was said yesterday may be said again today: Everything, the truth of all the Scripture, the whole Christian faith, yes, everything depends upon Christ's resurrection. If this did not take place, then all is vain. Since this did take place, all is sustained. My dear Christian, you must be altogether certain of the resurrection of Jesus, or you cannot really believe Him to be your Saviour.
          PRAYER: - Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, O Risen One You are my Righteousness; You are made righteousness for me by God; when God raised You, after You had died for me, He justified me in You. Grant that my faith hold fast to You, Lord, my Righteousness. This is the name whereby I will know You, O Lord, and cling to You: Jehovah Zidkenu, The Lord, Our Righteousness. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:38 pm