When people hear the phrase, “The most wonderful time of the year,” a lot of them would immediately think of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas, but I love Easter. Stop for just a moment and close you eyes and what comes to mind when someone says Easter. Some people will think of Easter baskets filled with goodies, candy, chocolate bunnies, new clothes, egg hunts or gatherings with family. These are all images that the world plays up, not that those things are bad. We just need to be mindful of the real reason we celebrate Easter. What comes to my mind is a loving Savior, who left heaven as a babe to grow and minister to the world and end up taking the sins of the world, past, present and future, upon Himself on the cross. The glorious news is that it doesn’t end there, the tomb couldn’t hold Christ in and three days after dying the cruel, painful death on the cross, He arose, just as He told the disciples.
“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31).
Christ knew what was going to happen, but He was obedient to His Father’s plan. Because of Christ’s obedience, we have hope. Without the cross to bridge the gap, there wouldn’t have been anyway we could enter heaven. Christ’s blood covers the sins of each and every person. We simply must have faith in Him and confess our sins and we will be made new in Christ. It is no accident that Easter falls in the spring. New birth is everywhere in creation, from the buds on the trees, to the grass and even the baby animals. Christ’s death and resurrection was to give us new life. I pray that however you spend your Easter weekend, you take the time with the one who made it all possible. He longs to be Lord of your life. All you need to do is have faith in Him.
If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I ask that you contact me and I will be thrilled to share more with you and what you need to do to have new life in Christ.