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But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the death Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:23-25

Imagine you are one of six boys in your family. One day, five of you sneak out of your rooms, ride your bikes to the grocery store, steal fireworks and lighters, come home and start blowing stuff up in your driveway. Being naughty and not very bright young boys, you light the firecrackers with Mom and Dad just inside the house. Soon the parental units are both outside and the five of you are in big trouble. But just then, your older brother, who has been learning about sine and cosine in his room, comes to your defense and offers to be punished in your place, even though he had no part of your crime. So Mom and Dad send him to his room and make clear that though the five of you are guilty and your older brother is innocent, he will pay for your sin and merit your forgiveness by going to his room.

Now as long a big brother is in his room, you feel as though you are not yet cleared for your crime. Until the door opens and your big brother emerges, you sense that the punishment is still being meted out. You don’t know if this little switcheroo is actually going to work. But once big brother is set free, you rejoice, because now you know your penalty has been paid and Mom and Dad have nothing against you. They empty room indicates the satisfaction of parental justice.

The resurrection means the death of Jesus was enough—enough to atone for sin, enough to reconcile us to God, enough to present us holy in God’s presence. Christ won; sin, death, and the Devil lost—that’s the good news of the empty tomb.

His death was enough, and so he lives.

And so do we.

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6 thoughts on “It Was Enough”

  1. anonymous says:

    “His death was enough, and so he lives. And so do we.”

    amen.. and He desires for us.. to the full :’]

    I came that we may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10b

    the grace of our Lord was more than abundant 1 Tim 1:14a

    with Him is abundant redemption. Ps 130 7b

    the eternal kingdom entrance abundantly supplied 2 Pet 1:11

    Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

    the children drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9

  2. AJG says:

    Under this scenario, I would question the goodness and the wisdom of the parents, which is why I also reject PSA.

  3. Tony Wittock says:

    Christ did what the blood of bulls and goats could not do without the shedding of “His” blood.

    God bless!

    Please keep up the good work…

    Tony W

  4. Daryl Little says:

    Without that empty room and without that brotherly substitution we have no hope.

    So thankful for a cross with someone else’s DNA all over it and a tomb with someone else’s empty grave-clothes lying in a rumpled pile.

    So so thankful.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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