HE IS RISEN! | An Easter Celebration

by - April 19, 2019


Easter Sunday is THIS SUNDAY! Can you believe it's here already?!

When my sisters and I were younger, we always looked forward to Easter because Mom and Dad would sometimes hide Easter eggs, and my sisters and I would find goodies in our Easter baskets.

But this year, I'm not looking forward to Easter because of those things. I'm looking forward to Easter because of the bigger meaningthe real meaning.

JESUS CHRIST HAS RISEN!

Doesn't that just make you excited? Doesn't that make you want to praise God for what He did for usfor what He provided for us?

My friends, if we didn't have a SaviorJesus Christwe wouldn't have eternal life. I am a born-again believer and know that some of my readers on this blog are, as well.

But if you have not been born again, this post is even more for you.

WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH TO DIE?

So why did Jesus come to earth in the first place? What was the big deal? (All emphasis on the verses to follow are mine.)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

I am a sinner. You are a sinner. It's just the awful truth. From the beginning (but not the very beginning), humans have sinned against their Creator and Lord.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

"Wages" is another word for "pay" or "salary." Wages are what you earn, just like you earn a salary from your job.

We have already established that we are sinners. Therefore, because of this, we have earned death.

That's the bad news. But thankfully, God didn't leave us to perish in our sins. Instead, He sent His one and only Son to die a terrible, brutal death for us on a Roman cross.

This is why Jesus came to earth: to save us from our sins.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

WHO KILLED JESUS?

My pastor talked about this a couple weeks ago, and I want to share what he taught us.

There are several opinions on who killed Jesus. As it turns out, many people were responsible for Jesus' death. But who were they, exactly?

A lot of people blame the Jewish people for killing Jesus. Yes, they certainly played a part in Jesus' death.

What about the Roman soldiers? Yes. They were the ones who crucified Jesus, driving the nails through His innocent hands and hanging Him on a cross. They treated Him like a criminal, even though He did nothing wrong.

But this one might shock you: You and I put Him on the cross.

Doesn't that make you shudder? Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God who loved us so much, died because of OUR sins.

Finally, no one killed Jesus. This one didn't surprise me, but it reminded me of something beautiful.

...I lay down my lifeonly to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. ... (John 10:17-18)

No one took Jesus' life away from Him, but He willingly laid it down for the sake of the world.

For the sake of you and me.

HOW DID JESUS DIE?

This is where we get to the really hard stuff. Jesus' death was so brutal that it's difficult to imagine. In fact, the story even gets depressing (until we come to the good news).

Here is a snippet (lightly edited for this post) from an article I wrote. Read it carefully, and let yourself be in awe of what He did for you.

Do we really understand what Jesus went through in order to save us?

In the first century A.D., the Romans were experts in torture and cruelty. The process of scourging and crucifying a person was brutal and severe. When the Roman soldiers flogged a prisoner, the whips they used were made of metal and bone, which would tear and rip the flesh of the victim.

Josh McDowell quotes Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, the third century church historian, as saying that the victim’s “veins were laid bare, and...the very muscles, sinews, and bowels of the victim were open to exposure” (The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell, p. 221).

Christ went through this for us, and yet this was only the beginning of His suffering.

After this unimaginable agony, Christ had to undergo the trek to the site where He would face the ultimate suffering of the crucifixion itself at Golgotha.

During crucifixion, the Roman soldiers would drive spikes through the hands and feet, nailing the victim to a cross. The nails pierced and shredded the nerves, causing incessant pain to radiate through the limbs.

Hanging by the arms, the prisoner would push up on his legs as he struggled to take a breath. However, to quicken death, the Roman soldiers would often break the prisoner’s legs, making it impossible for him to get a breath.

When Jesus was on the cross, He died so quickly that the soldiers didn’t have to break His legs. Experts believe He had suffered so much prior to His crucifixion that His heart most likely ruptured.

Why did Jesus do this? Why did He go through so much pain...for us?

This is the reason: He loved us so much that He was wanted to provide a way for every man and woman to spend eternity with Him.

For those of us who are born-again Christians, we might find it hard to fully grasp what Jesus did for us on Calvary because we’ve heard the story so many times.

But when we really think about it, we are drawn to our knees in awe, reverence, and overwhelming gratitude.

BUT THE STORY DOESN'T END THERE

Thankfully, the story doesn't end with Jesus' death. In fact, the story is just beginning.

Three days after Jesus drew His last breath, He rose from the grave, defeating death for eternity! Now, praise God, we can spend eternal life with Him forever! We don't have to fear death; Jesus conquered it!

This ought to make each and every one of us rejoice with everything we have. Jesus conquered the grave!

IT IS FINISHED! HE IS RISEN!

THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPELAND YOU CAN BEGIN A NEW LIFE TODAY

Are you a born-again believer? If you're not, what's stopping you from accepting Christ as your Savior? Write down three of the top things that are holding you back. Are any of those things more important than your salvation?

God is offering you the FREE gift of salvation. All you have to do is say, "Yes, Lord!"

Make the decision to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior today. Don't wait another moment! You never know when your last hour will be. It could be today. It could be 10+ years from now.

But if you are a born-again believer, you will be saved from the damnation of hell, and you won't have to fear death any longer.

It's a story of love. It's a story of redemption. It's a story of healing.

And it's a TRUE STORY. God is offering you salvationfreely. Please don't wait another moment to accept.

If you want to read more about God and His love for us, check out this article: The Greatest Love You Could Find This Valentine's Day.

I have uploaded a few songs here. Please take the time to listen to them. They are so good and powerful! Let yourself be overwhelmed with gratitude.

Above All

The Power of the Cross

I hope you have a wonderful Easter celebration, friends! Do you have any plans? Let me know in the comments below!!

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  1. Thank you for that beautiful reminder!

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  2. This was beautiful, Julia! Praise the Lord for all He has done for us! Hope you have an amazing Resurrection Sunday, dear! <3

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    1. Thank you, Kassie! Yes, praise the Lord, indeed!!
      Thank you! Have a great Easter Sunday! :D

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