Chocolate bunnies and the wrath of God

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The resurrection is the defining moment in all of human history. Without the resurrection the holy character of God could not have allowed for the earth, for the race of men nor for the redemption of sinners. God is only capable of dealing with what is holy and pure. Without the reality of the resurrection nothing would be holy and pure.

When Christ rose from the dead he completed the triumph that made all that we know and love possible. That which was ugly, unholy and worthy of wrath was made new, pure, holy. There could be no doubt – either the wrath of God was satisfied or it was not. Those who reject Christ receive the just payment for their turning from God. Those whom Christ redeemed are counted as pure, as holy and redeemed. Given the character and holiness of God, there are no other options!

Jesus was faithful to the covenant promise he made to his Father before time began. The faithfulness of his character provided the opportunity for unholy people to come to Christ and to acquire his righteousness. Throughout all of human history our existence has always depended on the faithful commitment of Christ to make his people holy and righteous.

This is what makes the resurrection unique and effective.

Now we come to chocolate bunnies. This is a human attempt to celebrate the wonder of people being made holy. Don’t be thrown off the real message of the resurrection. The bunnies aren’t really the problem. The real concern is how blown away you are by what the resurrection accomplished.

The resurrection is what provides hope and meaning in life. You and I cannot begin to comprehend what was accomplished by the commitment of Christ to obliterate the ugliness of my sin. He made it possible to know his Father and to know what it means to have hope! Praise his name.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.