EASTER IS FOR EVERYONE
Easter is about Jesus and more specifically, His crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. I guess we all come at Easter from different angles. Some come full of faith and enjoy the joining with big families and lots of friends at church with more than likely a nice big meal later.
For some, it can be a bittersweet day. Death seems so final and ruthless. For some it is sadness. My father was born on an Easter Sunday. That brings up fond and not so fond memories of a man I loved and love who is gone now. The disciples felt awful seeing Jesus beaten and hanging on a cross and making it worse watching a Roman soldier pierce his side releasing a flow of blood and water. No question, Christ had died. If the crucifixion had not done it certainly the soldier’s spear finished the job. So with that, the disciples thought it was over. They saw death as the final finite blow.
So even after being with Jesus and hearing Him allude to this day so many times, the disciples were still shocked to find an angel waiting on them with the good news. “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” MARK 16: 6 He who was thought dead was alive.
Because Jesus died and has risen again, believers do not have to be afraid of death. 1 Corinthians 15: 20 tells us, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and had become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Jesus has gone to the other side, and He has returned and He has the keys to death and hell. REVELATION 1: 18.
He is the resurrection and the life, and if we believe in Him, though we were dead, yet shall we live. Can we/you/I declare that Jesus is alive in us?
“Many things in life are strange, including God allowing Himself to be killed on a cross; but it is true, and it is because of His great love for you!”