The truth of Christ crucified for us, risen and majestic as our saviour king!
And the truth of Easter caused many questions from our four young children.
They ranged from the sublime, “so if Jesus has died for us, is there anything we can do to impress God?”
to the ridiculous “does the Easter bunny lay all the chocolate eggs?”
Their questions about Easter are at the heart of the good news of Jesus,
and so we work hard to try and give clear, accurate and child friendly answers - it’s not always easy!
But so too is thinking about how we wait for Jesus’ return.
The book of Revelation tells us that heaven is booming out praises of Christ’s holiness, right now, as we speak.
The Bible calls for Christ’s followers to be holy too.
So often, we’re concerned with morality, but following Christ asks for something much more important - holiness.
It’s something of a jargon word today, so over to C.H. Spurgeon, and his sermon ‘Holiness Demanded.’
It’s from 1904, but timeless in its truth:
“Holiness deals with the thoughts and intents, the purposes, the aims, the objects, the motives of men. Morality does but skim the surface, holiness goes into the very caverns of the great deep; holiness requires that the heart shall be set on God, and that it shall beat with love to him. The moral man may be complete in his morality without that. Methinks I might draw such a parallel as this. Morality is a sweet, fair corpse, well washed and robed, and even embalmed with spices; but holiness is the living man, as fair and as lovely as the other, but having life.
These twain are of opposite nature: the one belongs to this world, the other belongs to that world beyond the skies. It is not said in heaven, "Moral, moral, moral art thou, O God!" but "Holy, holy. holy art thou. O Lord!" You note the difference between the two words at once. The one, how icy cold; the other, oh, how animated! Such is mere morality, and such is holiness! Moralist! — I know I speak to many such — remember that your best morality will not save you; you must have more than this, for without holiness — and that not of yourself, it must be given you of the Spirit of God — without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.”
Praise the Lord that we have been given Christ’s holiness!
May we encourage one another to live it out, day by day, until he returns (or we go to meet him).