Easter or Resurrection Sunday is tomorrow and I didn’t realize how truly vital Jesus’ resurrection was until a just over ten years ago. I knew that it was important and I knew that even non-believers would do an annual celebration with Easter bunnies or an Easter egg hunt and maybe even attending a church service. While I am not against those things, I think we as Believers need to truly understand the importance of the Resurrection.
You see, without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christianity as a whole would cease to exist, simply because it is the heart and core of Christianity.
Without Christ’s Resurrection, Jesus ministry and purpose would just be a disillusionment.
Without Christ’s Resurrection, Jesus would only be seen as martyr who was greatly misunderstood.
Without Christ’s Resurrection, we would just be hopeless creation, born to live and currently living to eventually die.
Without Christ’s Resurrection, there would be no Gospel because the Gospel, which means “Good News” is the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Anybody can die and be buried. But Jesus died, was buried, and rose the third day. Hallelujah! He’s alive!
Many religions today know of Jesus and acknowledge that He was a good person, a great teacher, and maybe even a martyr but what they overlooked was the fact that JESUS IS THE SAVIOR of the world. He even said in John 14:6,
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
Jesus was good (He still is); He was great (He still is); and He may have been a martyr because He died for what He believed in and for what He stood for; But Jesus is more than all those…
He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
He is the Wonderful Counsellor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
and He is the Savior to all those who simply call upon Him.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Today, I want to briefly mention and encourage you with the importance of the Resurrection of Christ.
Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope.
When I talk about hope, I’m not just talking about any hope. I am talking about the HOPE that gives us certainty and assurance that we will live again. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be able to see Jesus or hear Him teach or even touch Him? Can you imagine the hopeless feeling His family, friends and followers had when He was buried and didn’t rise until the third day? Sometimes, we as humans are the ones that make it difficult. We are the ones who have unbelieving hearts. We are the ones who doubt and become hopeless. But Jesus said, He has overcome the world!
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Jesus’ resurrection is a promise kept.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably made a promise or two in your life and broken. Sadly, I’ve lost track of how many promises I’ve made and broken.
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He said in John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,...”
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)
He promised that He would rise the third day and guess what, He rose the third day. He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us and guess what, even in our loneliest times, He was there. Even in our darkest hours, He was there. Even in our hopeless situations, He was there.
The promise I am looking forward to being fulfilled is when Satan will finally be defeated. He may be winning some wars here on earth but the day will come when he will lose the big battle.
Jesus’ resurrection is relevant to every generation.
Yes, that includes your children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, which is why it is vital that we know the importance of it and then pass it on to our children who will prayerfully pass it on to their children. I have children of my own and I want to do everything I can to make sure that they know that being a Christian is not a just a title; it is more than just having standards or principles. It is allowing Jesus to overflow in my life so that when others see me, they will realize that I am different; They will realize that although I am in this world, I am not of this world.
Had the Believers in Bible times not passed on what they believed to the next generation, we probably would not be here still believing that Jesus rose from the dead.
I am not artistic but I made these Resurrection Verse Cards and Easter Scavenger Egg Hunt Cards for you all. I pray that they could help you in sharing with your children, grandchildren, or friends the importance of the Resurrection this year.
Jesus’ resurrection is what makes our belief worthy.
Had Jesus not risen from the dead, there would not have been an ultimate reckoning of sin and Satan would’ve already won. When Jesus died, people became hopeless including the disciples and the women who loved and followed Him. The disciples were all scattered. Peter was probably on a boat fishing. But when the women came and brought the news about Jesus’ resurrection, they fixed their posture, dusted off their feet, and gained some hope, resulting in following Christ once again.
That same resurrection is just as powerful and transformative today that it can turn doubters into believers.
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.Max Lucado
God sent Jesus so He could eventually die for us, providing forgiveness for any and all who would simply believe.
So today, go ahead and do your Easter egg hunts, maybe have an easter bunny costume, but know that these are not what Easter Sunday is about. It is about the Son of God coming down as a man to live and then die for the sins of mankind…
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