Christianity Holidays

Happy Easter!

The Best Day In History

Christmas is a great holiday. It’s my top favorite.

But Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is the day that what Jesus was born to do and what He came to do on this earth is fulfilled.

It’s the best day in history.

The unconditional love that Christ showed for His creation has been coming alive to me so much more in ways that it hadn’t before. I knew about it but I am realizing more now how really unconditional God’s love truly is. It’s amazing and unexplainable!

The Saddest Day In History

Good Friday is the day Christ was crucified.

Good Friday is the day an innocent Man died for the guilty.

Good Friday is the day God looked away from Jesus.

It was the saddest day in history.

Without Christ, I would still be dead in my sin.

Without Christ, I would be disconnected from God, sin separating us.

Without Christ, I would be walking and living blind.

Without Christ, I would have no hope.

“It looked like death has won that day but three days later the power of God brought light and life.” Pastor Travis, Antioch Church

But Then

But Easter is the day that blameless Man, the perfect Son of God, rose.

It’s not about the candy. It’s not about the Easter bunny. It’s about what Jesus did on the cross for every human being.

Because of Christ, I am no longer slave to my sin.

Because of Christ, sin no longer separates me from God.

Because of Christ, I can see because Jesus shines a light for me.

Because of Christ, I have the hope of eternal life.

“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56

We all know John 3:16. Whether you are Christian or not, you have heard it before. But can we also remember verse 17: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Victory could have only been won through Christ Jesus.

Christ suffered so we wouldn’t have to.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become anew. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

With Jesus, I am brought back into right relationship with God; I am reconciled.

With Jesus, I am a conqueror of death because my physical death is not the end.

With Jesus, I am a new creation.

With Jesus, I am made alive and can boast in the power of the cross.

Even When

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for is.” Romans 5:8

Even when it seemed all man was capable of doing was sinning.

Even when man was destroying and distorting what God made beautiful.

Even when man rejected Him.

Christ still died for us.

There was nothing I could have done to do what Jesus did. Only Jesus could do the impossible. Only Jesus could be the complete atonement for sins. What was impossible with man was possible with Christ (Luke 18:27).

To Those Who Believe In the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Stop acting like Jesus is still in the tomb. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we could continue to live in guilt and shame.

“Things that are alive do not hang out in tombs.” Pastor Travis, Antioch Church

If you want to live like Jesus hasn’t risen and hasn’t made you alive again, and hasn’t made your Spirit clean in God’s eyes, fine.

But my Jesus is no longer on a cross.

My Jesus is no longer dead.

My Jesus is no longer laying in a tomb.

Alive

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

A just Christ died for the unjust so that we could be made alive by the Spirit. I am made alive because the Spirit now lives within me.

Easter is the day Jesus defeated death, Hell, and the grave. Easter is the day the hold of sin was broken. Death is swallowed up in the victory of Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:58).

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” 2 Timothy 1:9

Never is it about how well I perform but always is it about what Christ did on the cross for me.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Our Ransom has been paid.

The Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus Christ was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5a).

Jesus was the only One who could be that perfect sacrifice in our place.

But because of that, we are brought peace and healing (Isaiah 53:5b).

“Right relationship equals peace, purpose, and identity.” Pastor Travis, Antioch Church

Perfect Jesus reaches out His hand to an imperfect me and says, “Here, take My hand.”

This what the Christian faith stands on. This is what Christians put their hope and faith in.

Here’s Not There

“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6

The tomb is empty. Jesus is no longer there.

Jesus is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

P.S.

There are so many powerful verses that show what this day really means. I encourage you to search the Bible and read those scriptures. Let the power of God’s unconditional love come alive to you and in you.

Here are some verses to help get you started!

  • Isaiah 53:3-9
  • Romans 5:10
  • 1 John 5:4
  • 1 Peter 1:3