Maybe you’re religious; maybe you’re not. But I’ll bet most of you, even those of you who seldom (if ever) go to church, have gone to church at least once in your life on Easter Sunday! Why does Easter Sunday always coincide with such a rise in church attendance? Chalk it up to tradition, the way people were raised, guilt, or whatever. The fact remains that there is something special, something significant about the meaning of Easter. It is obviously about something greater than bunnies, eggs, and candy!
We’ve already pondered the significance of Christmas, but the significance of Easter is even more direct and more important. Christmas commemorates when God took on flesh in the form of baby Jesus. Easter commemorates when that very same God-Man, Jesus Christ, accomplished what He came to Earth to do: bearing the sins of men in His death on the cross, and then conquering death by rising from the dead!
The significance of that moment in history—the death and resurrection of Christ—cannot be overemphasized. It is the defining moment in all of time up to this point. What you believe about Easter will impact your whole life, from now and throughout all eternity.
Jesus Christ is alive today, and sooner or later all of us will have to face Him. Through His life, He can give us life. He invites us to come to Him. His death paid for our sins, and His resurrection brings us the hope of eternal life; He is willing to forgive and to make us new, to save us from our bondage to sin and from an eternity in Hell.
So what do you really believe about Easter? This is not something you can consider half-heartedly; you have to be all in or not in at all. Have you truly come to Christ in faith, repented of your sins, and asked God to forgive you?
I urge everyone to really think about the significance of Easter this year. Don’t just mindlessly go through your yearly routines and traditions, because what you believe about Easter is the most important thing you will ever decide.
Have a happy Resurrection Day!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 54-57 (NASB) – “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 … ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 10:9 (NASB) – “…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”