This week, Milton Hollifield, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, contributes an excellent devotional for Easter. I pray that you and your churches will have a glorious celebration of His resurrection! Read on:
By Milton Hollifield
Each day as we watch and listen to world events appearing and changing so rapidly around us, I am reminded of various critical turning points in history. A quick Google search leads me to various lists of “watershed moments”; happenings that create change and result in things never being the same again. Let me list a few of those, in no particular order, that are thought to be of significance.
- Invention of the Printing Press: The “Printing Revolution” laid the material basis for the modern, knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses.
- American Revolution: This was the first revolution fought for the sense of equality and it paved the way for many others to come.
- Smallpox Vaccination: Smallpox, thought to be the deadliest disease in the history of human kind killed one in three who contracted the disease and those who survived were often badly disfigured.
- The Age of Reformation: This period of time is considered to be one of the most influencing periods in world history as it brought out the religious and pious books of writing to the reach of common man.
- Breakdown of the Berlin Wall: The Wall originally built to separate Berlin in two parts, when torn down brought the end of communist rule and allowed people to move within places that were once banned.
The list of great events could continue with numerous noteworthy moments that have positively impacted the world. However, the effect of these and other events pale in comparison to the greatest of all events which occurred when the Lord our God, sent His only begotten Son into this world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He sent Him to be our ransom, our kinsman redeemer.
In obedience to His Father, Jesus endured the pain of rejection, beatings, lies and insults, all for our sake. And on the cross of Calvary, Jesus took the weight of humanity’s sin, enduring the wrath and pain from sin’s penalty, dying the death that should have been ours. Yet, it does not end there, for just as He promised, victoriously He arose from the grave, ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of His Father, interceding on our behalf. And for those who have accepted this great gift of eternal salvation, we, the bride of Christ, are blessed to celebrate this Easter season with the certainty of the triumphant resurrection of Christ and the true hope of His victorious return. This is indeed the greatest of all events, past, present and future; truly resulting in things never being the same again. To God be the glory, for great and marvelous things He has done.