A GLORIOUS DECLARATION
“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification”- Romans 4:25
Spring is a beautiful time of the year. As we drive through our neighborhoods we see the Dogwood, the Azaleas, the Tulips and the beautiful colors of God’s creation. In the spring it seems that even the birds sing special anthems to our glorious creator. When we observe the budding flower and the rising stalk on which the colored bud is perched a declaration is made: something beneath the earth that was dead and dormant rose declaring its life. In one sense, this is what Jesus did. Though He was delivered for our offenses, crucified for our sins, put to death on a Roman cross, He also rose again to declare that His offering was accepted and His people were forever secure in Him: He was raised again for our justification.
Christian, there was something unimaginable that happened that day when Jesus suffered upon the cross: Guilt and righteousness were transferred. Our guilt was placed upon Jesus and His righteousness was placed upon us; He was robed in black and we were robed in white; He suffered death, we were promised life; He plunged deep into the abyss of darkness as we arose, legally, in the light of glory; He went deep into the night as we, in Him, rose to a new day. Yes, Christian, we switched places or rather, He switched places with us. At the cross condemnatory sin was lifted from the head of many and placed upon the head of One. This we observe in types and shadows in the Old Testament when the sacrificial beast was slain. The eternal record of sin that was over the head of the elect was moved over the head of Jesus and He was put to death for them. He was pronounced guilty because of our sins and our punishment was meted out in His body. The eternal misery and suffering of hell for all of God’s elect family were meted out upon Jesus as He tasted death for every heir of grace. ”But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”(Hebrews 2:9). Every man means, “every man He represented”, else, every man shall inherit glory for their sins would be atoned. Thus, at the cross we witness particular or specific redemption.
What if it had ended there? What would we know today if Christ had not risen? Would we know that He ever liveth to make intercession for us? Would we know that His offering was received by the Father on our behalf and our sins atoned? Would we know that one day we would be with Him in glory? Would we know that our loved ones that have left this life are presently basking in the presence of our glorious redeemer? The good news of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grave victoriously over death. His resurrection did not procure the justification of His people, but rather testified to it, that sin was atoned for and that His righteousness was imputed and applied for all He represented. What a glorious declaration!