What Easter and Passover Are All About

Paul explains the meaning of the Bible in Romans.  For instance,

“It (righteousness) will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:24-25).

Some of the Bible passages he is explaining:

“…on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments:  I am the LORD.  The blood shall be a sign for you,…” (Exodus 12: 12-13).

“Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.  As many were astonished at you--his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind–so shall he startle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand” (Isaiah 52:11-15 ).

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–everyone–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said….And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:6:18).

Then Paul sums it all up as follows:

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)

To be justified means to be declared righteous –perfect, without sin, able to enter God’s presence and “walk” with Him like Adam and Eve did in the garden.  Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes that nothing else matters.  Knowing God is what life is all about.  Solomon found everything else to be empty in comparison.

Paul’s summation of the Bible then is that “The righteous shall live by faith” in Christ Jesus.  He is not ashamed to tell anyone. (Romans 1:16-17)

Have you seen your need to be declared righteous because what you thought was your righteousness isn’t good enough ?  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be “passed over” in the Day of Judgment; declared righteous and be found knowing God.

Here is something else to add to your knowledge about God so you can “rejoice in the Lord”(Philippians 3:1).  What a wonderful thing God has done for us.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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