The Death and Resurrection of Christ Answers the Two Most Common Questions

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   4/17/2014

As we approach the Easter weekend to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ, we can prepare ourselves to answer questions of unbelievers. 

The first most common question unbelievers ask is about justice.

They say things like “if God was good He would not have allowed that to happen to me” or “God didn’t have to let that happen” or “how could God exist if people are allowed to do bad things”.  All of these statements are questioning the justice of God.  They are saying that God does not appear to be just and therefore why should they trust in Him.

The second most common question unbelievers ask is about freedom. 

They say things like “why should we follow religious rules” or “As long as I’m a good person I don’t need religion” or “I have a relationship with God apart from religion”.  All of these statements are really saying that they don’t think God gives them freedom to live how they want to and since they are good people on their own they should not have to follow a set of rules. Therefore why believe in Christ.

The death and resurrection of Christ directly answer these important questions about freedom and justice. 

Justice

The reason that we don't have justice on earth is because of sin, but the Lord takes account of everything that everyone does and takes note of every injustice, and in time he will bring justice to everything that takes place.  To prove that God is just, He sent his Son to die for our sins. 

"God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." - Romans 3:25-26

It was done so that justice would be served and if the Lord was willing to send his only Son to die so that justice would be served, why would he not also be just to everyone?  The Lord rules over everything in heaven and earth, and his Kingdom rests on the fact that he is just.  Without true justice His kingdom would not be able to stand forever, because his people would constantly revolt against the injustice as people do on earth.  But that will never happen in his Kingdom because he is just and his Word is always fulfilled.   

He is known throughout the universe by His justice.

"The LORD is known by his acts of justice" - Psalm 9:16

Freedom

True freedom is not found in the pleasures of sin, but in obeying the Lord’s commands, because his pleasures are far greater than the pleasures of sin.

The Lord's commands' are not to limit our freedom, but to give us freedom.  Sin does not help us, rather in ensnares us and brings trouble into our life, which result in a limited life. 

"... the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands."  Psalm 9:16

That said, sin does not allow freedom, so there is no freedom apart from the Lord.  He and He alone gives us the ability to resist sin and without it ensnaring our lives.  That is why it is said that the Spirit of the Lord is freedom.

"... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." - 2 Corinthians 3:17 

So as we approach the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, and you run into someone with these questions, tell them about how Christ answered both of these.

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