Easter, and each Sunday as a little Easter, should be celebrated with fireworks, brass bands, ticker-tape parades, loud cheering, combined choirs, and a celebratory dinner.
Independence Day merely celebrates our collective rights for self-government, an occasion worthy of celebration in the grandest of style. Yet the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves our release from our well deserved punishment under the law.
The Apostle Paul began his letter to the Church in Rome with a long list of sins demonstrating:
There is no one who is righteous,
not even one;
— Romans 3:10b
Paul himself also struggled with sin:
So then with my mind I am a slave to the law of God,
but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.
— Romans 7:25b
Then he makes a most amazing statement:
There is therefore now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.
— Romans 8:1
Although the law was intended to guide us from sin, it is unable to do so. Yet God, in Christ Jesus does the impossible! This is worthy of celebration in the most grand style, not merely once a year but every Sunday. Ring all the bells! Pull out all of the stops!
I will have more to say about Romans 8:1-11 on Sunday, July 16th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor