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What's Easter all about?

Unlike Christmas Easter may not be of much interest. Yet to Christians, Easter is definitely more important. So why hasnít it caught on as much? May be the story of a baby born in a stable, with animals looking on, is more appealing than the idea of a manís crucifixion. A happy birth seems a better reason to celebrate than a cruel death!

But when we see the chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies this year, let's not just settle for that. The real meaning of Easter is to be found in the Person that Easter is all aboutó the Lord Jesus Christ.

The day Jesus died, Good Friday, is so called because Jesus, the Son of God, took the punishment we deserved for our sins; He did this voluntarily. The crucifixion many believe took place on a Friday and hence it became known as "Good Friday". That's good news! The good news that through His death on the cross He opened the way for us to be forgiven by God for our sins.

"Our sins" - what a horrible thought. All those impure thoughts, unrighteous deeds, unkind and dishonest words. Vast as they are the Saviour bore them all " in His own body on the tree". In His death He took full responsibility for our sins and perfectly answered to God for them all. The hymn-writer puts it like this:

"All thy sins were laid upon Him,

Jesus bore them on the tree,

God, who knew them laid them on Him,

And believing thou art free."

There was no other good enough

To pay the price of sin;

He only could unlock the gate

Of heaven, and let us in.

 

God has long ago decreed that without the shedding of blood there could be no forgiveness of sin, and so Christ died that we might know of sins forgiven. "Good Friday" is not the end of the message, for the message continues that Jesus was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead.

There is not a single sermon preached, as recorded in the Book of Acts, that does not mention the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the very heart of the gospel. Jesus Christ died, He was buried, He rose again from the dead. These are the historical facts. Our relationship to a risen Saviour determines our eternal destiny. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was raised again for our justification (Rom 4:25).

He is alive today, and known to be alive by all who truly believe in Him. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ we would be without hope, but because He lives, those who believe in Him shall live too. Some who read this may well doubt the resurrection of the Son of God, but we cannot be a Christian if we don't know that Jesus is alive, for if He is not risen then our preaching is vain, our faith is vain, and we have no hope of rescue from the consequences of our sins.

Do you want to know more? then drop a line to contact@redcargospelhall.org.uk.

May we today know the presence of the resurrected Lord in our life.

There is a green hill far away
Outside a city wall
Where the dear Lord was crucified
Who died to save us all.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16, (The Bible)