You may have recently walked into a grocery store and been greeted by bunny-shaped chocolate candy, colored eggs, and yellow bunny ears toys. While we may all love the colorful reminders, as Christians it’s important to remember why we celebrate Easter.
Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26
Easter reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made. The resurrection shows the world God’s love for us. Acts 5:30-31 is a reminder of why we are forever in God’s mercy and grace. It states, the God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection is also a testament to his return. Romans 6:9 states, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. What better way to know of his return than to be reminded that he rose before and can do so again.
The resurrection is the reason we are Christians. The disciples did not know what to do after Jesus died and it was after his resurrection that they went on to spread the gospel.
Matthew 28:6-8 reads He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to report to His disciples.
As you are making those colorful eggs, buying an Easter dress, or finding your favorite Easter hat don’t forget the importance of this day. It is because of the resurrection that we are here today. Take time to celebrate God and the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
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