But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us – Romans 5:8 KJV
What we are celebrating all over the world today as Easter is something that is a lot more than festivity. It is a period that should be for sober reflection for everyone who is a child of God.
After the sober reflection, we should then remember that our Lord Jesus whom we celebrate promised to come back and he expects to meet certain things being taken care of by us when he returns. He expects to find us in the faith and spreading the gospel.
What happened on the cross is something we can call the kingdom swap. The reason we can call it the kingdom swap is simple. Romans 3:23 says, ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ When the Bible says all have sinned, that included you and I. Unfortunately, sinning came with consequences. Man was in a dilemma because we took actions that attracted the consequences we could not bear. That’s why Romans 6:23 says, ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ The result of the sin that we committed is death. We should have gone on the cross to pay for our sins.
God didn’t want us to die because that was never his intention. However, we had done something that warranted death. At that moment when we did something that warranted death, we lost our sonship in the kingdom of God. We automatically became members of the kingdom of the devil. 1 John 3:8 says, ‘He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning…’
The Almighty God who created us didn’t want us to continue to be of the devil or to remain his prey. That’s why the second part of 1 John 3:8 says, ‘…for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.’ The devil lured men into his kingdom through pleasures of this world that became sin. In order for us to be free, the son of God came.
We all ought to die since the Bible says the wages of sin is death. If we die for our own sins, we wouldn’t get a chance of repentance. If we also die for our sins, that would mean perishing because we would have gone straight to hell but God changed all of that. He sent his only begotten son (John 3:16) to take our place on the cross where we should have paid for the wages of our sin with our lives. His only begotten son is the one who has the power to lay down his life and to take it. So he laid down his own life for ours. Once we lay down ours, it’s gone for good. But Christ took our place and he died for us.
It was this swap on the cross that gave us access into the kingdom of God. We used to be of the devil and his kingdom but God gave us a golden chance for a swap between the devil’s kingdom and God’s kingdom. He took our place and paid for our sins. That’s how the devil lost over us and we left his kingdom for a place in God’s kingdom.
If you are reading this now and you haven’t given your life to Christ, you need to take the offer of the kingdom swap. It’s time to leave the kingdom where you are constantly oppressed to the one where you are loved, favoured, celebrated and given a meaningful life. You need to accept the offer for a kingdom that gives your eternal life in place of death. I strongly urge you to give your life to Jesus now and accept the swap offer.
If you are already in Christ Jesus, please don’t lose the swap offer given to you by returning to sin and losing your conscience as a disciple of Jesus. I pray this Easter will not be just another one for you in Jesus name. I pray you will remain in the kingdom of God, finish well and finish strong in the name of Jesus.