Delivery Day • G.R.A.C.E.
Wes McCullough | Production Director
In the spring of 2004, a movie was released that rocked the world. It was bloody and violent, but people still flocked to see the rated R film. The premise of the movie was the brutal death of one man. Watching this film caused masses of people to weep and make life changes. The movie was THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
Having grown up knowing the story of Jesus’ death, the movie was not as much a surprise as it was a reminder and a visualization of His sacrifice. I do not watch the movie every year, but I am reminded of it each year through the Easter season. Memories of the graphic visuals flood my memory, and I am humbled knowing Jesus accepted that fate in my place. I have fallen short of His glory, but God’s grace is abundant.
The theme of Easter 2015 at The River Church (Holly) was “Undefeated.” There was a boxing ring on stage as a visual for Christ’s battle with Satan. You and I were destined for a fight with Satan that we could not win. It was going to be an excruciating, torturous beating for the rest of eternity. When Jesus died, He stepped into that ring to fight Satan in our place. Christ’s victory in that battle was unquestionable. Jesus gave us victory over death and punishment.
1 Peter 2:24 says it all, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 is similarly a favorite, “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.”
These verses are a reminder of the punishment Christ took on our behalf. We have all sinned and been separated from God, but Jesus paid the price to reunite us with our Heavenly Father. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
If it helps, remember grace this way:
This Easter season do not be distracted by the commercialized Easter bunny, eggs, and candy. Focus on the victory you have been given and thank Jesus for fighting for you.