The Good News of Easter
What’s the best part about Easter? The Easter egg candies? How about an Easter-themed picnic on the lush green grass? Perhaps, these novel elements spark some sort of fun and excitement in the air; after all, the resurrection of Jesus is something joyous to celebrate about. However, what brings true joy to the heart is not the Easter egg chocolates you’re chomping down on but… the good news of Easter!
The fall of man took flight when Adam and Eve, the first two humans created by God, gave in to temptation and consumed fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. From then on, man’s relationship with God was breached, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23) God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. However, the only way of restoring this relationship with God was through the full atonement of man’s sin. So, He set out to it, sending His son, Jesus to bear it all.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” - Isaiah 53:5
Jesus experienced all that man could experience. Yet He did not fall to sin and submitted Himself fully to the Lord, obeying Him up till His death. He died on the cross and paid a price for all our sins with His blood so that we can be reconciled back to God. By his wounds and crucified flesh, we are healed!
His loving sacrifice was not for nought as His persecutors had deemed it to be. Three days later, the next piece of good news arrived - Jesus had risen from the grave and took His heavenly place at the right hand of God! There, He makes intercessions for us, that His children may be redeemed through Him. Just as Jesus had risen to life, we’re promised a new life. As we take up the cross and follow Him, we become new creations in Christ, we can live in the hope of Christ, leave our old lives behind and tread on the paths toward eternity.
Easter serves to remind us of what Jesus did for you and me. Yes, you and me. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The greatest love lies in how God had sent His one and only Son to carry the weight of our sin so that we can join Him in eternity as well. God wants to pursue a relationship with you; will you accept His love this Easter?
As Easter approaches, we pray that you’ll come to rejoice in the unfaltering love of Christ!