Pastor Robinson: We Gather As People to Celebrate an Injustice
By Pastor Tim Robinson
Highland Baptist Church, Fitchburg
I wonder sometimes if Christians ever stop and think about what we are celebrating on Easter Sunday. It is safe to say that we gather on Easter Sunday to celebrate injustice.
The message of Easter Sunday is that an innocent man died for the crimes of others, and by His punishment, we are saved. This is the message of every Christian church this morning. The message might sound different and the order of service may be different, but the message is the same, an innocent man died for the sins of others.
Not only did Jesus die, He was crucified! Jewish historian Josephus called death by crucifixion, “the most pitiable of deaths.” (Jewish War 7:203.) Roman writer Cicero wrote that Roman citizens should remove the thoughts of prisoners being crucified from their eyes and ears because it is such a hideous death (Cicero, 106-43BC, Pro Rabirio Postump 16).
Some may say I’m taking it too far with the whole injustice thing, but even the Scriptures say the same thing. 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous.”
When the people screamed, “crucify Jesus!” even Pilate, the governor of Rome at the time, said “Why? What evil has He done?” (Mark 15:14) The answer, He has done no wrong. Jesus is the sinless lamb of God sent to take away the sins of the world. The prophet Isaiah said it better than I ever could.
“Surely, He has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed Him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions;
He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with His wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned -- every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him
the iniquity of us all.
We lost it all
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned -- every one -- to his own way;”
God, the creator of all things, created mankind to glorify Him and to find joy in Him forever. We would glorify God by filling the earth with other humans, cultivating the earth, and having a personal relationship with our Creator and others.
Yet, we decided to go our own way. We did not want to honor God or be thankful towards Him, and through disobedience, sin entered the world. Sin is an interesting word. For many of us it means bad things that we do. Yes, but sin is also our nature. Our nature is to turn from God and His word and do our own thing. We try to seek joy and satisfaction from created things, and that never works. It could never work because we were created to be satisfied by God. Now, God is a Holy God, a Just God, and cannot leave sin unpunished. When we turned from God, we had no hope. We were guilty. We lost it all.
“He did it all
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;”
The world was already condemned because all have sinned against God. There is none righteous, no, not one. We deserved the wages of our sin, death. Death is not just physical death, but spiritual death. Meaning, when we die in our sins we receive an eternity from God in Hell, the penalty for sinning against a Holy Eternal God. Also, remember I said God is just. So, it would seem to most that God had found Himself in a predicament. His creation that He loves, He now has to destroy, because He is just. Yet, God instead, sent Himself to take our place. He sent Jesus, His Son, who is God in the flesh! Jesus stepped in our place as if He had sinned. Jesus died for the sins of the world. It should have been you and I on that cross, but God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
And here is the best part. Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave signifying that the debt for our sin had been paid. He was seen by Mary, seen by the disciples, seen by 500 witnesses. This man truly was the Son of God! He did it all.
“We get it all
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.”
So, we celebrate injustice. Jesus took our sin and took our death and we get eternal life. Mankind can now have peace with God again. Mankind can now have a personal relationship with the Creator. Mankind can now be adopted into the family of God. Mankind can now become children of God. Yes, you see we are not all children of God.
Don’t let this be another Easter Sunday where you dress up and go to church, thinking that will bring peace between you and God. You must place your faith in Jesus Christ, believing that He rose from the grave.
It is not until we confess our sins, turn from our sin, turn to God, and ask the Lord Jesus to be our Savior, that we are made children of God.
We must not neglect such a great salvation provided for us. Then we get it all.
Injustice. Praise God!