Easter: our future is secure

Easter answers the question “What happens to us in the end?” because it takes us back to the time when “the end” was decided.

It was decided before our world began, Ephesians 1:4-5 – “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his children through Jesus Christ.” This was the plan, signed and sealed before anything in our universe came into existence, that God would adopt us into his family to share his life and love with us forever. This is why he created human beings in the first place. We are not an evolutionary accident, and nor is our universe. We came straight out of the heart of God with a clear aim in sight.

But notice the means by which God would eternally adopt us as his children. It would be “through Jesus Christ.” Why Jesus? Because “all things were created by him and for him,” Colossians 1:16. Not only would Jesus be the one to design and operate God’s plan, it was also “for him” – for his pleasure, too. And nothing could’ve pleased Jesus more than bringing God’s plan of adoption to pass.

But how could he bring it to pass when we weren’t the least bit interested? Right from the very start we didn’t want anything to do with God’s plan – and we still don’t, as we see every Easter when we show God we’re far more interested in eggs and rabbits than we are in him. So now what was God going to do? On the one hand, he certainly wasn’t going back on his word to adopt us as his children, but neither could he go back on his word about us dying forever if we ate off the wrong tree. But that’s where Jesus came in and saved the day. He would die our death in our stead.

It was a remarkable solution. The law of death for our disobedience still stood, God couldn’t go back on that, but he would fulfill it rather than us. In so doing, the demands of the law would be met on behalf of all of us. When Jesus died we all died with him, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, so that the law of death was fulfilled for us too. No longer, then, would death retain its eternal power over us. Because of Jesus we could now stand before God, “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation,” Colossians 1:22. Our end has already been accomplished for us, then. 

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