What is Easter? I pondered that question recently. Is it a time of renewal, a time for great joy and a time to celebrate? Yes, but what else does it mean?
Let’s take a look at a few Bible verses and understand what Jesus did and why he did it. In Acts 2:22 and 23, it reads,
“Jesus from Nazareth was a very special man. God clearly showed this to you by the miracles, wonders, and other signs He did through Jesus. You know this because it happened right here among you. Jesus was given to you, and with the help of those who don’t know the law, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan, which he made a long time ago; He knew all this would happen”.
Jesus knew what he had to do. He came to earth to redeem us. There was no other way to be reconciled with God. Jesus would rather sacrifice himself and be separated from The Father briefly, than to let us go to hell with no way out. He loved us and loves us that much! He knew what was coming and he chose to follow God anyway.
Easter is the focal point of the Christian faith and it is rightly so. The resurrection is what really matters. It is God’s promise fulfilled, Jesus died to save us…you and me. We were condemned, the cell door was locked and the key was thrown away. There was no way we could ever live up to a perfect God. We were lost and the saddest part is that some people don’t even know it. Jesus knew that He was the only way to reconcile man to God. We were separated from our Creator by sin. Satan thought he had all the bases covered, having Jesus crucified was his goal and his joy. He never realized how much Jesus loved us. Jesus came to the prison door and said, “let him/her go-I will take their place”. We certainly didn’t deserve it, but that’s what He did. He opened the door and we were set free, all we have to do is accept what He did for us.
The story doesn’t end with death, oh, no, that’s just the beginning. Jesus arose on the third day in a victory over death and sin. Death couldn’t keep Him in the grave. He arose and shook off the chains of death and hell. We have the answer. Jesus is it!
So you see, Jesus did have a choice. He chose to give us a way to be reconciled with God—-without HIM, we would be lost. He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed…Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection!