We read in Galatians 2:20 that all who have believed, “have been crucified with Christ” and that “It is no longer” we “who live, but Christ who lives in [us]. And the life [we] now live in the flesh [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave himself for [us]” (adjustments mine).
It is this that we are heading towards celebrating this weekend. It is the resurrection of Christ that is to be celebrated. He died for our sins and was buried, and rose again the third day proving that He was/is the Son of God who came to save the lost. This is known as true because all this was in accordance with Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4). What an amazing and glorious gift this is to all who believe.
Some claim that this was only for a certain group and only those in that certain group can believe, i.e., the elect. Yet, the Scriptures give a different answer to who can believe. We see repeatedly that it is “whosoever will”, which means all, any, each, any, and everyone can believe. This is stated some 88 times in the NT and each time it is referencing anyone and not just a select few. This means any and all people can believe in Jesus for eternal life. The intent of the atonement is for all people to be made savable and to have their sins forgiven.
We see this in 1 John 2:2 where it states, “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” As such, Jesus died for each and every person. All can be saved if they will just believe and receive eternal life. Jesus has covered every sin. Lewis Sperry Chafer is noted as saying, “The world does not have a sin problem, but a Son problem.” That is very true. Jesus has shed His blood to cover every sin. It is up to the people here to believe this and receive that covering.
As a famous hymn reminds us, “Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe.” He did it for you. Allow His blood to cleanse you and purify you. Know that it is Him alone who saves us and that this gift of God’s grace is received freely to all who believe. No works no strings, just believe and it can be yours today. Because of Jesus and His work you too can have a new life and be living in it today. This is what we are celebrating this Sunday.