6 Because while we were still helpless, at just the right time Christ died on behalf of the ungodly. 7 (Because rarely will anyone die even on behalf of a righteous person, though someone might possibly dare to die for a good person, perhaps.) 8 But God proves his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 So he did so much more, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved by him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were his enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11 Not only this, but we also delight in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received this reconciliation.
Christ sacrificed on the cross bought us reconciliation, but it is his resurrection which demonstrated that reconciliation. He did for us what we could not do – in our sinful state. Now, since he is raised, he gives us hope that we too will experience a resurrection unto eternal, sinless life.
When we feel helpless in our sinful broken lives, we can look up to the cross. And what we see is an empty cross and an empty tomb. It was necessary that Christ die for us, but it was not necessary that he stay dead. By overcoming death, Christ demonstrated God’s eternal plan for all those who put their faith in him.
Thank you, LORD, for the empty cross and the empty tomb.