Easter Defined: It’s a festival which Christians observe every year as remembrance of the passion of Christ, which is the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We celebrate with a consciousness of its reality. Looking through (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), we understand according to scripture on which our faith is founded on; that Christ died, was buried and rose up from the dead on the third day. This brings us to the three days in which we celebrate Easter. In order to understand and appreciate its significance, we need to understand why Christ died and why he was raised from the dead.
Romans 4:25 gives us a clear explanation. Paul says who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification. In simple terms, Jesus Christ died for our offences, the sin which we had committed and he was then raised so we could be forgiven, purified and given a clean slate. This calls for celebration! Easter is a reminder that the price for my sins was paid in full through his death and resurrection.
Different Christian denominations observe Easter over longer or shorter periods of time however what they all have in common is observing the three days from the Last Supper to his death, burial and resurrection. Thursday is when we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples – the Last Supper. It is a reminder that we are all to serve and love one another.
Mark 14:12-26…and as they did eat, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it, and gave them, and said Take, eat: this is my body. 23 And he took the cup and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto them unto them this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many.
As Jesus was hanging on the cross before he gave the up the ghost, the Bible says that he cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani!” Which means My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34). He who knew no sin had taken our sin upon himself that through him we might be made the righteousness of God. His death qualified us for redemption. The blood that he shed became a sacrifice before God unlike in the times before when a lamb was sacrificed every so often for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for redemption. (John 1:29) says he is, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Through his stripes we are healed. Because of what he went through, suffering at the hands of men, he qualified the believers for a healthy life.
After Jesus had given up the ghost, everyone thought that was the end of it all. There was some uncertainty across Jerusalem. Some still looked forward to the words he said while still alive about his resurrection. The bible reiterates how he went to the devil’s territory and triumphed over them. (Colossians 2:15).
After three days Jesus Christ came back to life, rising from the dead and shaming the devil and his cohorts. (Acts 2:24) whom God raised up having loosed the pains of death: because it was impossible for death to hold him a prisoner. (Rev 1:18) I am he that lives and was dead and, behold I am alive forevermore Amen and have the keys of hell and death. We celebrate his resurrection as we sing O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory. He’s risen and seated at the right hand of God and has handed over authority to the church his body.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. It is a daily hope of how the good will of God can overcome the forces of darkness, of how the truth will prevail and unmask the lie, of how love will triumph over sin, and how the blessed hope of eternal life will put an end to human suffering. Paul says if that same Spirit that raised Christ up from the dead lives in you, then he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also vitalize our mortal bodies. His grave is empty even until today. His resurrection has given the church hope. Christ in us, the hope of glory.
He died for your sins so you can be made whole again and all you have to do is confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that He is the Son of God and receive Him into your heart and life. If you have never prayed this prayer pray with me,
“Jesus, I know I have sinned and have fallen short of your Glory. I confess my sins and
Invite you to be the Lord of my life. Come into my heart today. I give my life to you.
Congratulations, You are now free from condemnation! (2 Corinthians 5:17) So if any man is in Christ, he is in a new world: the old things have come to an end; they have truly become new.
Get into a bible believing church near you and grow in your faith.
…….have a blessed Easter
I believe people are not born Christians. One has to make a conscious decision to accept him as Lord and personal savior. As such I gave my life to Jesus in 2005 at a scripture union service back in high school. I was born again at a young age and was ordained a Pastor at Christ Tabernacle Ministries International in 2011.