Easter: God's Provision
Easter: God’s Provision
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in Heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)
Peter encourages his readers to set their gaze into the future, to the promises of God that bring real hope and encouragement. He embraced the warnings of Jesus about hardship and trials (John 15:19; Matthew 5:11-12)
To fellow Christians who are deeply troubled with grief, sorrow, and hardship, Peter says, “Praise God.”
Easter’s realities cause us to give attention to profound eternal truths, moving us to praise and adore the Lord our God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Peter 1:3a)
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5 ESV)
Bless God, for he extends great mercy to us.
You need mercy if you’re a sinner.
People might hope that God isn’t paying attention to their sin, hoping that he is distracted and will forget, but the Bible warns of the opposite. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. (Revelation 20:12-13 ESV)
God records every sin ever committed and requires justice from everyone. Our sin doesn’t go unnoticed and unrecorded, and we are not unaccountable. We are condemned and judged for eternity.
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 ESV) We need God’s mercy. Our sin is undeniable and unexplainable. We’re guilty, and we know it.
Bless God, for he extends great mercy to us.
For those with saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God forgives and erases the record of sin held against us, and our names are written in the book of life.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV)
Bless God, for he has caused us to be born again.
Our salvation is rooted in God’s attribute of mercy.
God doesn’t demand us to get our act together and turn our lives around before coming to him; salvation starts with recognizing our sin and need for God’s mercy and trusting him to provide it through the Lord Jesus Christ.
At Easter, God is making provision for us to be born again.
There is no self-help from the brokenness of sin. There is no way of making our lives better or any less marked by sin. The only remedy for our sinfulness is that we are born again.
When you and I put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God transforms us, making us born again. Our new life in Christ replaces the old life in sin.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 ESV)
You must be born again. New life in God is not about adding more “goodness” to your life. It is throwing out everything, including what you previously considered to be good, and starting over.
God desires you to have a new spiritual birth, and he is placing his mercy before you as a gift to be received.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15 ESV)
If you want to experience God’s provision of mercy and spiritual new birth, then look to Jesus on the cross. In doing so, you’re admitting your life of sin, repenting from it (turning away from it), and having faith that God mercifully provides deliverance through Jesus on the cross and in his resurrection.
Bless God, for he gives us an inheritance.
Peter points to Christians’ inheritance in Heaven, which God securely guards. He describes it as: