“Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity.” –Ravi Zacharias
“The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.” –John Piper
“Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.'” -Mark 16:5-6
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” -1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“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.” -Romans 10:9
This is the hope of Easter: we were totally lost in our sin, consumed by our desires, destined for hell and unable to save ourselves; but Jesus came to Earth as the God-Man, lived a perfect life, and died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Death was not the end – God raised Him from the dead and He is alive today! He tells us to place our faith completely in what He did for us and submit our lives to Him. He will give us eternal life with Him and transform our desires to glorify Him!
This Easter, may you heed Jesus and may you reflect on what He did for you on that cross some 2,000 years ago. God bless, and happy Easter!