Batteries Required

Have you ever received a gift for yourself, or purchased a gift for your child, that required batteries that were not included? We look at the pictures on the box and read in the booklet all the cool and wonderful things the item can do, but that potential cannot be realized without the power it requires. Without the batteries, the gift is figuratively and literally empty. Then the magic happens: we insert batteries and, voilà, the item has purpose! Such is Jesus’s death and resurrection. Our rescue was Christ’s purpose. Our rescue was the batteries that powered the gift of Christ, including his life and teachings and example.