Easter Points to the Grace of God

 

. . . Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

God has always been a God of grace but Easter highlights that trait.  —

“This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:9-10)

Grace cost Jesus His life but it is free to us. It is a gift.  If grace was earned in any way, then it would no longer be grace.  (Rom. 5:15; 11:6; Eph. 1:6; 2:8-9; Gal. 2:21)
Easter reminds us that “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).  But, Easter grace not only saves us.  It enables us to walk the walk, as seen in Colossians 2:6, NASB, — “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
We receive grace upon grace, even after we are saved.  Grace goes beyond the impartation of life because of Easter.
  1. Easter Grace continues by blessing. (Jn. 1:16)
  2. Easter Grace continues by giving.  (2 Cor. 8:7-9)
  3. Easter Grace continues by forgiving.  (Eph. 1:7)
  4. Easter Grace continues by empowering.  (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 15:10; 2 Cor. 9:8; 12:9; 1 Pet. 4:10)
  5. Easter Grace continues by encouraging.  (2 Thess. 2:16)
  6. Easter Grace continues by strengthening.  (Heb. 13:9)
  7. Easter Grace continues by teaching and motivating.  (Titus 2:11-12)
These realities teach us that grace compliments, rather than cheapens truth.  Jesus came full of both grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).  We are not talking about licentiousness. (Rom. 6:1, 15)  Grace reigns through righteousness.  (Rom. 5:20-21)  We are talking about looking to God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Easter grace is something we need to better understand so we grab hold of it more fully.  May we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Pet. 3:18).
 

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