For Christians, Easter is the most important celebration of the year.
Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ following the cruel crucifixion three days earlier on Good Friday. If this didn’t happen – the Christian faith is a fraud.
After his death, the disciples believed that Jesus was gone for good. None of them had understood that his sacrifice on the cross was the primary purpose of his short life on earth and that the only way for us to obtain righteousness and a relationship with God was through him.
Jesus’ life was freely given for all of us.
‘16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. John 3:16 (MSG)
That first Easter morning proved beyond any doubt that Jesus was the Messiah and Saviour.
The resurrection of Jesus, celebrated each and every year on Easter Sunday is fundamental to the Christian faith. Why?
1/ Jesus foretold his resurrection:
‘18 But the Jews were upset. They asked, “What credentials can you present to justify this?” 19 Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple and in three days I’ll put it back together.” John 2:18-19 (MSG)
Therefore we can be absolutely confident that the promises made in the Bible will be fulfilled.
2/ The bodily resurrection of Jesus shows us that the living Christ, not an imposter or false prophet, is the ruler of God’s kingdom.
3/ We can be confident in our own resurrection because of Jesus’ resurrection. Death is not the end but the beginning of our eternal lives with him.
4/ The divine power that brought Jesus back to life is available to each of us through the Holy Spirit. This gift brings our spiritually dead selves back to life
5/ The resurrection of Jesus is the very foundation for the church’s witness to the world.
For the secular world, Easter is about new clothes, hidden eggs, bunnies, bilbies and holidays. For Christians, it remains the greatest day in all of history.
I pray that you have a safe and meaningful Easter.
Mr Don Grimmett