For Christians all over the world Easter is one of two principal dates in the calendar; the other being Christmas. The celebration of Easter is central to the Christian faith. This is because events that unfolded just over two thousand years ago during what is now the Easter season is the very foundation of the Christian faith. It begs a very simple question: why is Easter so important?
Easter is important because it represents very the pinnacle of the Christian message, being the culmination of the Bible message. It lies at the heart of God’s mission to the world. That mission found full expression and ultimate fulfilment in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Why is that so?
At the heart of the Bible message is the God who is absolutely holy and pure and as such cannot tolerate sin. At the same time He totally loves. However, mankind, the very apex of God’s created order is sinful. Because he is separated from God, man cannot approach nor have a relationship with an absolutely holy God. Sin by its very nature produces condemnation, and ultimately eternal separation from God. The Bibles says that humankind is ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ and that ‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’; ‘there is none righteous; no not one.’
What we see is a dilemma. On the one hand man is a sinner and cannot free himself of sin and its consequences. God on the other hand is holy, righteous, just and must therefore punish sin. Yet He is gracious and loving, not wanting human beings to suffer the consequences of their sins. How does God resolve this great dilemma?
The summary of the Bible message is that God sent His Son, Jesus, into this world to pay the penalty for the sins of every man, every woman, every boy and every girl. Jesus, who is God made flesh, came into the world, lived a perfect sinless life while here on earth, and so was able to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. When He died on the Cross He took upon Himself the righteous anger of God for your sins and my sins.
Through His life, death and resurrection Jesus opened up an incredible doorway of blessings for mankind. There are many blessings that flow from the death and resurrection of Jesus. Firstly, He opened up the doorway of eternal life to anyone who would confess their sins and believe in and accept Him as Saviour and Lord (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). There is the blessing of knowing that your sins have been forgiven, of being reconciled and at peace with God; of being redeemed (or bought back) with the precious blood of Jesus; of acceptance and adoption into God’s family; of being made alive in Christ; (Ephesians 1:5-7; Ephesians 2:4-6, 11-19). There are many more blessings that flow from what Jesus has done.
Easter is not just a time of celebration for those who have a personal relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ; it is great window of opportunity for reconciliation for those who have not entered into that doorway of God’s blessings through what Jesus has done for them.
I don’t know where you are in your journey, but the Easter message is that you can know the blessings of forgiveness and acceptance. All you have to do is acknowledge that you are a sinner, confess and repent of your sin, putting your faith in what Jesus has done in life, death and resurrection. When you sincerely confess with your mouth that you are a sinner and believe in your heart that through Jesus your sins have been forgiven you; then all the blessings of Easter will be yours.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2014©
If you have read this article and you are not a Christian, I would like to invite you to receive Christ as Saviour and Lord in your life by praying this simple prayer:
‘God in heaven, I acknowledge that I am sinner and deserve to be punished for all the wrongs I have done. I am truly sorry. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to this world. I believe He lived, died and rose again for my sins. I repent of all past sins and ask you to forgive me because Jesus. I confess and ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Saviour and Lord. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me to obey you and lead me to follow you all the days of my life. Thank you God for giving me eternal life through your Son Jesus. Amen!’