To the editor:

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the triumphant victory of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. By Christ’s substitutionary death we can be reconciled to God.

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”(Isaiah 59:2,KJV).

It’s not enough to believe in a good God, even a loving God who will reward you for doing more good than bad. A system of good works will never reconcile you to a perfect, Holy God.

We have a real problem in or alienation from God, that in our own strength, wisdom, power, and goodness we can not remedy. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).

There’s only one way to reconciliation with God. Jesus the sinless Son of God, taking our place, bearing the wrath of God we deserve and giving us his righteousness.

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;” (2Corinthians 5:19). If we could on our own, reconcile ourselves to God, Christ died in vain.

­— Aaron Helmer

Ripon

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