From the Pastor:
“The Resurrection as Our Vindication” 1 Timothy 3:16, Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.
My Granddad was a great football player at Wintersville High School and he always took an interest in our athletic activities growing up. He would always ask us about our games and if we won or lost. When we won he had a saying, “it’s always more fun when you win.” It feels good to win, at a sporting event, in a board game, or in a spirited debate. It is a feeling of being in the right, the feeling of vindication.
Our vindication is part of the celebration of Easter. Throughout history, God’s kingdom has been at odds with the kingdom of the world. Satan has been at work in the world to accuse and attack God’s people. In Psalm 43:1 the psalmist begins by writing, “Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me!” He sought vindication against the accusations of His enemies. This same battle continued in the life and death of Jesus Christ
In His life Christ proclaimed many things. He said He was the way, the truth, the bread and water of life, the Messiah, and the Son of God. These claims were the basis for the attacks of his enemies. His enemies mocked His claims with the crown of thorns. They demanded that He not be referred to as the “King of the Jews.” Even on the cross, His enemies continued to attack Him with their mocking and called out for Him to prove Himself by coming down off the cross. The enemy in his great attack sought to defeat Christ in death on the cross. Evil and the kingdom of the world sought to triumph over God’s kingdom. Maybe for a day or two they wondered if they had won, but on the third day God’s kingdom prevailed and Christ was vindicated. He is proven blameless and His claims were proven true. The resurrection confirmed His claims of authority and power were true to all those who rebelled against Him and sought His execution. More than that Jesus’ position as the Ruler of all things was affirmed as He was taken up in glory.
This victory and vindication Christ shares with all those who by faith follow Him. Romans 8 promises that all those who suffer with Him are co-heirs and will be glorified with Him. In this life we still face the enemy, principalities and powers. We will face those who oppose the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will be asked to endure and suffer in this life, but we can always do so with joy because our Lord has already been vindicated and won the victory. His opponents have already been proven wrong. His position of authority has been established and we will be glorified with Him. Every year at Easter, we are privileged to share in the joy of the victory and celebrate that in Jesus’ resurrection God has shown that those who have faith in Him are in the right.
In Christ, Pastor Jon