What’s your opinion about Easter? Are you one of those who believe its time to eat more chocolate eggs? Or you’re one of those who don’t believe in Easter celebration because there’s no date in scripture for its celebration? If you’re a Christian what does Easter mean to you? As a Christian, Easter means the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I can boldly say that Jesus Christ died and on the third day, He woke up again and He is sitting at the right hand of our father God Almighty.
Let’s share something in the Bible in John 19:30; 20:11-18, Matthew 27:50; 28:5-6, Mark 15:37; 16:6, Luke 23:46, 24:5-7. All these gospel writers testified the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and because of this that we are saved today. Beloved I believe our Lord Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into Hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith. And if Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile; we are still in our sins. Christ’s resurrection is the central teaching of Christianity.
According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, if he wasn’t resurrected, then Christianity is a complete shame; all who believe in Christ for salvation are still in their sins and to be pitied if Christ was not raised. For those of us who are believers, the resurrection is extremely important. If Christ was not raised, we have no hope. Paul confirmed that, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20) and concludes that: “Death has been swallowed up in victory, O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54-55). The resurrection of Christ is the ultimate reassurance to all believers that death has finally been defeated. We will all be resurrected, just as Christ. Once you understand that Easter is a celebration of the defeat of death, we will finally understand why we celebrate this holy day.
Easter is also reflecting about ourselves i.e. committed sins, attitudes, characters, behaviour, depiction of our human signboard etc and asks for forgiveness where we fall short. It is also a time to bury all our sins and differences with Christ Jesus and rise up as a new leaf. Christ Jesus forgave the sins of the soldier who nailed him to death and even the other thief as well and so we need to forgive ourselves. Forgiveness is one key thing in Easter and as Christians, we need let this be part of us. Beloved if we can forgive ourselves and let bygones be bygones, then we need Christ Jesus in our hearts in other to do this.
Jesus Christ died because of you and me. The Bible says in Hebrews 3:7 and 15 that if we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit today, we should not harden our hearts. Beloved lets open our hearts to welcome our Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to live in our heart this Easter and renew our relationship with Christ. Happy Easter and remember God loves you.