The Significance of Easter


Introduction

Is there any importance or value when Christians all over the world celebrate the EASTER?
This and many other questions we may ask.

I know every Christian is born again or not, he or she prepares for the Christmas more than other occasions and even with non Christians. Why? every individual knows. That mean there is another question – are we  ignorant of the Bible? Maybe because many of us as Christians have a copy (ies) on their shelves, but few ever read it. The knowledge of Christians is often not much better.

The Bible covers great a deal of ground, but there is one supreme subject that binds it all together:


Jesus Christ and Salvation God offers

Let us divide the theme or subject into two parts:

A)    Jesus Christ – here we remember the birth of Christ and his ministry to the people.

Human sin spoilt everything in the world, both physical and spiritual. In his grace God decided to put things right again, and he is determined not to do only half the job. His plan of salvation includes everything physical and spiritual.

 

B)   The Salvation God offers – here we remember the death of Christ and his salvation.

Right through the Bible, God saves through providing a substitute to die in the place of others. The different sacrifices in the Old Testament point ahead to the perfect sacrifice offered by Jesus when he died on the cross. Here are examples please look them up in your Bible.

  • A sacrifice for a man: Abraham and Isaac (Gen. 22)
  • A sacrifice for a family: the Passover (Ex 12)
  • A sacrifice for a nation: the Day of Atonement (Lev. 22)
  • A sacrifice for the world: the death of Christ Jesus ( John 1:29, 1John 2:2) 

 

In the death of Jesus Christ two things had happened and they changed the course of history:
 

A)     Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ: -

It is important to understand the meaning of Christ’s death on the cross and importance of receiving him as savior and lord; (separation which is physical death). As it is written in the Holy Scripture:

“But God demonstrate his own love for us in this way, while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)

“God so love the world and he sends ……….” (Jn. 3:16). Lamentation 3:22-24

 

B)      The resurrection of Jesus Christ:-

Meaning to recognize the importance of Christ’s resurrection, and how it relates to us personally.

The Apostles put it this way “For what I received I passed on to you as first importance; that Christ ………..according to the scripture” (1cor. 15:3, 4).

 

In the death of Jesus Christ two scenarios happened and changed the course of history:

1)     Disbanded and demoralizing his followers were stricken and scattered
2)    His enemies were celebrating their victory.

 

But three days after crucifixion.

Within a few weeks his once cowardly followers were fearlessly proclaiming his resurrection, a face that “change the entire course of history.”

Let us have a clue at some of the evidence that proves Jesus actually rose from the dead:

  • First proof: The resurrection was foretold by Jesus Christ the son of God( Lk. 18:31-33;  John 2:18-22).
  • Second Proof: The resurrection of Jesus is the only reasonable explanation for the empty tomb. Mt. 27:62-66
  • Third Proof: The resurrection is the only reasonable explanation for the appearance of Jesus to his disciples (1cor. 15:15; Lk. 24:36-43; 1John 1:3,4).
  • The resurrection is  the only reasonable explanation for the beginning of the Christian church. Acts. 2:37-42

 

Conclusion

What can we get or learn for today's message?
We learn two great differences between our present day Christianity and of the people we read in the Bible.

  • For the people we read about in the bible to them it was a real experience; but to us in our present time it is primary performance.

That is why in the past Christians did not hesitate to describe this as Christ live in them. As St Paul put it "I am crucified with Christ: ..... I live , yet not but Christ live in me...... Gal. 2:20,21". But for us  as Christians today we talk about the difficulties and challenges of our times as though, we should have to wait for better ones before Christianity as a religion can take root.

  • Therefore, these early Christians were on fire with the conviction that they had become through christ literally sons of God; they were pioneers of a new humanity founders of a new kingdom.
  • They still speak to us across the centuries, perhaps if we believe what they believed , we might achieve what they achieved. (Rom. 6:6; Gal. 5:24)
     

May God give us blessings to heed his word while we are  living ambassadors of Christ Jesus to spread the Good News of Salvation in this difficult world.