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As you know, Easter weekend is the time Christian's celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus. But I want to take some time to explain why this should be celebrated by all of us. Why is Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting considered Good News?
We could go on for hours about the life of Jesus and the significance of what He did and who He was but today, I would like to briefly focus on two aspects: His death and His resurrection.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” and bowing His head, He gave up His spirit - John 19:30
God the Father sent His son, Jesus, to Earth (John 3:16) to die so that our sins can be forgiven and we may be presented blameless before God on Judgement day. In God's Word, we come to understand that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This means that the consequence for the sin we commit is death - a scary thought. Now, you may be thinking - aren't we all going to die anyway? The original translation of this verse refers to an eternal death - you will spend eternity without God. There is only one person that has ever existed on Earth that can say He has not sinned: Jesus, the rest of us cannot make such a claim. We have all sinned, we have all gotten things wrong in the eyes of the Lord regardless of whether or not you feel you are a 'good' person. The standard by which we will be judged when Jesus comes back is the standard of God who is fully righteous (Psalm 119:137). This means no matter how small or big you believe your wrongdoings are, they are still considered sinful by the Lord. This can be hard to hear, especially when comparing yourself to others in society who may live their lives in a way that has a more negative effect on others. Despite this, we must face the reality that none of us are perfect whether you are considering your own standard or God's standard.
Can you imagine not doing anything wrong but giving up your life for other people? We truly owe our lives to Jesus, nothing we could do here on Earth could fully make up for what He did and thankfully, He doesn't expect us to pay Him back. He gives us His grace and mercy for free and, in my opinion, the least we can do is try our best to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
Jesus' death is significant because His death was a sacrifice, He died taking on our sin so that, as I mentioned earlier, we do not have to spend eternity without God. Accepting Jesus as our Saviour and confessing that He is Lord means that we are able to have eternal life because our sins have been forgiven. Though we die physically, our spirit lives on in the glorious presence of the Lord.
He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee - Luke 24:6
I often find it very hard to get my head around sinless Jesus dying for MY sin but an even bigger miracle is His resurrection from death. Just as He promised, Jesus defeated death by rising on the Third day. This shows us that those who accept Jesus are not bound by death. We do not have to fear it because our God has defeated it! The resurrection demonstrates the incredible power of our Lord and we should take comfort in the fact that our God is able to defy something that is considered so awful. God can easily help us defeat the problems we face in our day-to-day lives, problems that are often small in comparison to death that He has already defeated.
So, just as Jesus resurrected from the dead, the spirit of those who believe and confess will too resurrect one day. We will live again, this time forever in the presence of God - there is no better place!
Thank you for reading this post today. I hope that the reason behind the celebration of Easter gives you as much joy as it gives me. Choose to accept Jesus today, it is the best decision you could ever make and your life will be transformed for the better. Receive this great hope and serve the One who first served you by giving His life to pay the debt that you are unable to pay by yourself. If you would like to know more about how to make that decision or what it means, you are more than welcome to get in touch using our social media channels, we would love to hear from you :)
Despite the current situation, I hope your Easter was enjoyable and this post has helped you to understand the significance of the cross. Easter is so much more than 2 bank holidays, it's an evident that powerfully changes the life of anyone who chooses to accepts Jesus.
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