Happy Easter, Friends!
This weekend, eggs will be dyed, pastels will be worn, and a mythical bunny will deliver baskets filled with candy and treats to homes all over. While there is no harm in making memories and having a little fun, Easter Sunday really should be recognized as the most important and sacred day of the entire year, as it commemorates Jesus' resurrection and ascension to heaven.
The true significance and meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him, as well as the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If Christ had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher or Rabbi. However, His resurrection changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God, and that He had conquered death once and for all.
Despite the pastel-colored eggs and kids' games, Easter is for recognizing Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him. Jesus, our Savior, our God and Redeemer, laid down His life as our sacrificial lamb to pay for our sins. When he rose from the dead three days later, He gave victory over eternal separation from God (death) to all who put their faith and trust in Him. That is the new covenant - everlasting life spent with God through faith in all that Jesus Christ has done and continues to do.
This Easter, may we remember the true meaning of the holiday, recognizing the sacrifice made for us, so that we might live and live abundantly!