He values His own justice. And mankind has rebelled ethically against Him and broken His law. His war against Satan had to deal with that reality. God had to bring about a way of reconciling sinful men to Himself.
Thomson, IL (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
In his new article, author Bill Heid discusses the true meaning of Easter as it pertains to history and all its various conflicts. He argues that the Easter message is the climax of history and its ultimate turning point.
Though many view Easter primarily as a celebration of spring and an opportunity to indulge in chocolate and jelly beans, Christians celebrate the ultimate expression of grace: forgiveness and the defining moment of Christianity.
From the beginning of time when God set enmity between Satan and His chosen people, Easter has been inevitable. When Satan led Adam and Eve to sin, they should have been separated from God entirely. Heid states, “Left to themselves, Adam and Eve would have continued their alliance with Satan and suffered the eternal consequences. After all, God is the Creator. He rules and sustains all things by the word of His power. He is holy and just and will not tolerate rebellion in His universe. But God is also merciful and gracious.”
Heid argues that this “but” is crucial. Because of His great love for His people, God would not leave them to face the eternal consequences of their sin but rather provide a means for redemption which finds its realization in Easter.
To illustrate his point, Heid describes the differences between God’s and Satan’s different plans of history: “For Satan, the war was and is all about power and he is the author of graceless, power religion… God’s concerns are ethical. He values His own justice. And mankind has rebelled ethically against Him and broken His law. His war against Satan had to deal with that reality. God had to bring about a way of reconciling sinful men to Himself.”
By sending Jesus, His Son who was sinless, to take upon Himself the sins of all people of all time and bear God’s wrath and die as a substitute for those who believed in Him, God provided a means of atonement, reconciliation and redemption. However, if Jesus had remained dead, Satan would have won because it would have proven that Jesus was only human. However, Jesus was also True God and “His resurrection declared that He was innocent of any sin. That the sins He bore for His elect were paid in full. That His heavenly Father was well pleased with His obedience and sacrifice; and that Satan’s power was shattered. So that, in the future, God could, with perfect justice, forgive and transform all those for whom Jesus died.”
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, Satan and his wiles were defeated forever. All people who believe in Jesus share in His victory over Satan and the conflicts of history. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Bill Heid is the radio co-host of Off The Grid News, an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. He and his news team look for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.