In the Christian World yesterday it was Resurrection Sunday, where Christians celebrate Jesus’ being raised from the dead after execution on the cross a few days before. Why is this important? Basically Christians believe that we humans will never be able to meet God’s standard of absolute perfection — every one of us, at some point in our lives, has stolen something, or told a lie, or used God’s name in vain. Just once is enough to disqualify from perfection which by definition has no flaws at all. Since God also loves every individual person and wants to bring every single person home to Him in heaven (but the standard for heaven is absolute perfection) He sent His Son Jesus (fully God and fully man) to endure God’s separation so that, if we accept that Jesus paid our penalty FOR us then we are legally forgiven and reconciled to God. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is proof that the price has been paid for us in full. Hence the celebration.
In the Sunday service yesterday we received a bulletin of the church program. As I studied it, I realized there was something bothersome in the verse on the front. Can you see it? Take a look for a few moments at the verse (transcribed from the bulletin) before you read down.
|AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW… EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.
— Philipians 2:10-11