Who doesn’t love a good gift? One of the best parts about receiving a gift is that you don’t have to earn it. You can earn awards, rewards, and even praise. But a gift is something someone gives you with no expectation of payment in return. It’s like getting a birthday present from an aunt or grandparent who lives in another state or country. They aren’t even around enough to see whether or not you’ve done something to deserve the gift. They simply gave you the gift because they love you.
And that’s exactly what Jesus did. Jesus was beaten, crucified, and killed, but then rose from the dead in order to give the ultimate gift to the world: freedom from sin, which is called salvation (John 3:16). Every Easter Sunday we celebrate what Jesus did for us 2,000 years ago—and that was defeat death, offer hope for the most impossible circumstances, and give life in the situations that feel most dead. We call that salvation. The gift of a life free from sin, free from hopelessness, and free from the chains of a life lived in sin. And like all gifts we didn’t do a thing to earn it. All that’s left for us is to reach out and accept it.
Do we believe Jesus is who He says He is? Do we believe God is more powerful than even death itself? Do we believe God has the final word about who we are and who we can be? When we decide to accept God’s free gift by believing that Jesus rose from the dead to save us from our sins, we receive salvation. There are some amazing gifts that we can receive in life, but none will ever compare to the gift of salvation. Salvation provides forgiveness and freedom from all of our sins—past, present, and future (Romans 5:15). What an amazing gift!
Have you accepted God’s free gift? If you have, thank God for that gift today. If not, maybe today is the day you accept God’s gift of salvation, which gives you freedom from sin and a fuller life.