Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Resurrection = PAYMENT ACCEPTED
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof of God's acceptance of the Son's sacrifice on our behalf. The Father was pleased with the Son's offering and raised Him to life.
So much commerce is conducted on the internet these days. I'll bet anyone reading this blog has purchased something off Ebay, Amazon, or some other online store. You know how it works. You select your item, add to your cart, then check out. When you check out, you have to submit a payment, usually through Paypal or with your credit card straight up. You plug in all your info, then hit the "PAYMENT" button. In many cases there is a short delay as your credit card is being processed. Perhaps the little hour glass turns while the payment is processing. The little rainbow circle thing spins on my Macbook screen while the site checks my payment info. Then, after a few seconds (and maybe a touch of anxiety), "PAYMENT ACCEPTED" appears on the screen. Now I know the item is mine and it will come to me soon, within a few days or so.
As I think about the death and resurrection of Christ, it's sort of like what I just described. Christ makes payment for our sins on the cross. He hits the "PAYMENT" button, as it where. Then a pause occurs, the three days His body stayed in the tomb. On the third day God raised Him as if to say "PAYMENT ACCEPTED". Because of God raising Jesus from the dead, we know salvation belongs to us. Now we are waiting for the final consummation to that glorious work of God through Christ, when we take possession in full.