Easter: how all obstacles have been removed

There are two steps in the process of our adoption as God’s children. The first one was Christ’s death, because, as Paul writes in Colossians 1:21 – “you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour.”

Jesus died to remove a huge obstacle that stood in the way of our adoption. What obstacle? We weren’t the least bit interested in being adopted! We didn’t like God. We didn’t want him involved in our lives at all, and we certainly didn’t want to be stuck with him forever. It’s not surprising, then, at Easter, that we ignore Jesus’ death, the very thing that made our adoption possible, and much prefer stuffing ourselves with chocolate.

But God has us covered anyway, verse 22, for “he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish, and free from accusation.” Through Jesus’ death, our disregard for God, displayed so embarrassingly at Easter, has been dealt with. Despite our short-sighted, arrogant attitude toward God, he never turned his back on us, verses 19-20, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” We weren’t the least bit interested in making our peace with God, but God made his peace with us. Through Jesus’ death, he blasted through the first obstacle to our adoption, and knocked it down completely. Nothing was going to hold him back from his marvellous plan for us.

But there was one more obstacle to our adoption as God’s children. Easter, however, tells us how that obstacle was removed, as well. And what was this obstacle? We were still horrible people. We were raw recruits straight out of this world with all the horrible attitudes and ignorance of this world still attached to us. Jesus’ death had made us “holy in God’s sight and without blemish,” yes, but that didn’t suddenly make us into thoughtful, kind, Godly-minded people as well. We were still abominably selfish. Some serious cleaning up of our minds needed to be done. But God had us covered there, too. How? Through Christ’s resurrection.

When Jesus rose from the dead, he took humanity with him. He is now in the position, with all the power and authority given him as head of the church, to complete the second part of the process of our adoption – creating a whole new life for us – a completely new creation, in fact. 

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