Sunday, March 11, 2012
Why the News is Good
Jesus died because God wants us to live. This is the good news, isn't it? Knowing this, don't we have something to rejoice over, something wonderful to sing about?
Yes, we do. But if that is as far as we go, we are missing the point. Jesus says He stands at the door. He stands at it crucified, risen, and waiting. But, the door to what?
He told us. He showed us. At the moment of His death on Calvary, the curtain of the temple split. He opened the door to what lay beyond it...Himself.
The body of Jesus hung on the cross, but His nature, the holiness He shares with His Father and His Holy Spirit, had been confined to the darkness of the Holy of Holies behind an impenetrable curtain. Our forgiveness through His death lets us in.
It's Him. He is the Good News.
Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way opened for us through the curtains, that is His body...--Hebrews 10:19-20 (emphasis mine)
Jesus admits us to His own presence. He tells us to follow Him to Himself.
This is why we sing. He ushers us in, and there is no other way.