Do you know there are people who do not know the true meaning of the Easter story. Plenty of people think Easter is about Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, chocolate candy, and maybe a new outfit to wear to church. But for the Christian, that is not the true Easter story.
The true Easter story begins with the story of Christmas - Jesus born it that sleepy town of Bethlehem with angels, shepherds, and Wise Men worshipping Him. Christmas is like the first installment for our sins to be canceled. In fact, if there were no Christmas then there would be no Easter. And if there is no Easter then we cannot be forgiven of our sin. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:16-17
The Christmas story tells how God sent Jesus to this earth as a baby as the perfect combination of the God-Man. He was God in human form. As Jesus grew, He never sinned. That meant that He could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. And the words of John the Baptist are true, “Behold the Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
Because God loves us, He sent Jesus to die on the cross and take the punishment for our sins. Then three days later, God brought Jesus back to life. This is the day we celebrate as Easter, and the message we celebrate is that Jesus is alive! And because He lives, we live too.
This Sunday we will once again revisit the story of Easter. Specifically, we will examine reasons why the resurrection is a fact of history and we can believe in our heart that Jesus has defeated death once and for all.
Invite others to join you as we celebrate the wonderful story of Easter.
I truly love you in the Lord.