For Christians, it is a day of celebrating our Savior rising from the dead. Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus, but Easter is celebrating Christ’s resurrection!
As a young child, I always got a new Easter outfit and an Easter basket that the Easter bunny left for me. My day was filled with going to church, coming home to eat a nice meal with ham as the main course, and then the afternoon was filled with my Mom (or someone in the family) hiding eggs. I didn’t like boiled eggs – so the eggs I got were the plastic ones filled with candy. I remember my Great Aunt helping me out – telling me if I was “warm” or “cold” in trying to find those hidden eggs.
As I grew older, I learned the true meaning of Easter. Jesus had to die on the cross for my sins so that I wouldn’t have to die. He took my place.
When I look at pictures of Jesus on the cross, I am reminded of His love for me and His people. He had the power to say “no” and to come down from the cross, but He honored His father’s plan. Did you know that Jesus had to die on the cross – instead of dying another way – to fulfill prophecy?
Jesus could have been stoned to death, but that wouldn’t have fulfilled the prophecy of his death. Crucifixion was reserved for the lowest members of society. Many criminals were beheaded or stoned to death, but Jesus had to be crucified. That was under Roman law.
In my growth as a Christian, over time, I began to realize how the Old Testament and the New Testament tied together. I kind of always looked at them as being completely separate. The books of the Old Testament to me were mostly about Bible characters, such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, and many others. But through studies, Jesus birth was predicted as early as in Geneses. There are many prophecies from the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled, including his death and resurrection. (See Acts 1:1-14.)
As Easter Sunday soon approaches, I pray you will take a moment, to thank Jesus for dying on that cross. Remember He took our place so that we will have eternal life with Him in heaven. It is a time of rejoicing that he rose out of the grave and ascended up into heaven to prepare a place for us. We also have His promise that He will once again return for His people.
May you be richly blessed this Easter!