It is Easter time! Easter baskets, eggs, special breakfast and dinners. Special services with special singing. Some will even purchase new clothes and go to church when they don’t attend that much during the rest of the year. But why? Why do we celebrate Easter once a year and make such a big deal about it? Because it is a big deal!
In Luke 18:31-33 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
It was time and Jesus knew what had to be done. He knew the course that was laid out for His life, He saw the cross of Calvary that lay just ahead. The cross was to be the fulfillment of His Father’s plan coming to completion. The price to be paid would be a costly one but it was the only price that would ensure forgiveness for man’s sin. The cross was the only way for man to have the opportunity to be reconciled with the One who had created all things. Jesus had to become the sin sacrifice, the only remedy for all sin – no other sacrifice would do.
Easter is the greatest celebration for the church because without Easter there would be no salvation message of hope for you, me and the whole world.
Over the next few weeks let me encourage you to think upon the cross and the price that was paid to purchase your salvation. Think on these things and embrace your salvation with the utmost thankfulness.
Think about what it might mean for a family member or friend or co-worker, or neighbor – someone who lives close to the church or in your neighborhood who does not know Jesus to be introduced to Jesus for the very 1st time this Easter. What part God might have you play in their salvation? People we know, people we live along side, people we work with may never know the true meaning of Easter unless you or I share what Easter truly means…. Unless they see Jesus in you… what do they see?
There is an old saying that goes like this “It is Friday, but Sunday is coming.” The cross of Jesus had to happen, but that is not the end of the account. The end and beginning is that in 3 days Jesus came back to life just as He said, proving that He is God and has the power over death and hell. Easter is all about the God who lives and forgives and wants to restore the broken relationship between us and Himself. For the believer it is Easter every day. So, let’s go ahead and do all the things we do on Easter, chocolate bunnies, eggs and new clothes but let’s also go to church and remember and celebrate the real reason for Easter! It is Jesus! He is risen!
In Him, Your Pastor,