Big words, deep truths, great joy on a big day!
Easter is a big day. And we heard some big words today. Benny opened the book of Isaiah and read one of the most amazing verses in the Bible, reminding us that "the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Is. 53:6). Hundreds of years before Jesus Christ came, Isaiah prophesied about an amazing substitution, in which Christ would atone for sin, satisfying the wrath of God and removing our guilt.
Here's a few words you probably don't use in every day vocabulary: propitiation and expiation. What do they mean?
Propitiation (pre,piShe-aShen): propitiation refers to the appeasement of God's wrath.
Expiation (ek'spe-a-shen): expiation refers to the removal of guilt for sin.
Both of these things happened through the death and resurrection of Jesus. God's wrath was satisfied, since it was fully appeased in the death of Jesus. And because that wrath was satisfied, we are no longer guilty of those sins!
These are some big words, deep truths, and reason for some great joy on this big day!