Jesus was dead and all those who loved Him and had followed Him on earth were now devastated. Their hope for redemption was dead; their desire for freedom of Roman occupation was dead; their future was dead. Those who loved Him and followed Him now were left to wander in their own grief and sorrow.
However, those were the days prior to Sunday. But the sun rise of Sunday brought with it the Son Rise of the Resurrection. And with the Resurrection of Jesus came the renewal of hope and the availability of salvation to all those who would call upon His name.
The Grace of God made it plausible – there was no way for us to ever be able to reach the righteous standard of God’s Law. We were sinners by nature and sinners by choice, dead in our trespasses and sin.
Only the Righteousness of Christ made it acceptable – because of the sinless perfection of Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God the sacrifice of His life would be acceptable.
The Crucifixion made it possible –Jesus’ death paid the price for our sin. Without the shedding of His pure blood and the giving of His life, there would be no payment for sin.
The Resurrection made it applicable – if there was no resurrection, we are still dead in our sin. Because Jesus did rise from the dead, the confirmation of the Father that the payment was made in full was demonstrated.
Finally, our Faith makes it effectual – when we come by faith to receive the gift of God through Jesus Christ; having faith in that completed work of Christ on the Cross, the work of salvation becomes effectual in our lives.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.