If you asked a random person on the street, “What does Easter mean to you?” – you might get a lot of different kinds of answers!
“Easter is a time for family.”
“Easter is the one day a year I go to church.”
“Easter is about eggs and candy!”
These and dozens of other perspectives about Easter abound. (Ask a 5-year-old what they think of Easter and you’ll really get their honest answer!)
But why do we celebrate Easter? Why do we go through the rituals, the church services, the egg hunts, the Easter Bunny façade? What is the point?
While different families have different reasons behind their traditions, at the heart of the holiday for me is resurrection, hope, and new life! In fact, many Christians even call it “Resurrection Sunday.” The explanation of a Christian’s perspective of Easter begins with an explanation of what we call Good Friday.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death”
There had to be sorrow before there could be joy. Good Friday marks the day when Jesus Christ, God in flesh, suffered the most humiliating, painful death imaginable. He was mocked, beaten, whipped, bruised, bloodied, and abandoned by His closest friends—and even separated from God the Father Himself! Ultimately He was executed through means of crucifixion by His own people, even though He was completely innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever.
Romans 3:23 – “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”
How in the world could that terrible story of persecution, torture, and death be called “good”? The amazing fact is that through this gruesome death, Jesus Christ was able to take on all of our sins and bear the wrath for them. Every wrong thing we think, do, and say must be brought to justice before a holy God. We deserve eternal death in Hell, but since Jesus was holy God Himself in the flesh, His sacrifice held the power to pay for all of our sins.
Romans 10:9 – “… if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
His death wasn’t the end. The tragedy turned into triumph as the stone that sealed Christ’s tomb was rolled away and He stepped out—lungs breathing, heart beating, alive! His is still alive today and He calls all men and women to change their mind about their sin and turn to Him. We can be free from bondage to our sin and free from condemnation for all the things that we do wrong!
Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Good Friday and Easter Sunday commemorate the most important events in human history. Your perspective on what Easter means will affect your entire life—both your life here on Earth and your eternal state after death. So while it is good to enjoy yourself this holiday with your friends and family and beloved traditions, do not miss the opportunity to consider your position before a holy God. There is nothing you can do to make yourself right before Him. His salvation is a free gift. Have you accepted it?
Are you trusting in the holy Savior?