Every year Christians celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter 2017 Jesus Christ is still alive! Look at nature come alive at Easter time. The dead grass becomes green. The dead trees are budding with life. God is preaching that there is a resurrection of nature. Every time a flower blooms it preaches resurrection. Every time a tree buds with new leaves it preaches life after death. The death of winter has passed and now we see the resurrection of spring. The meaning of Easter is not new clothes, eggs, and a bunny. The meaning of Easter is that He died and arose. The tomb is empty and He is alive! This is the meaning of Easter.
JESUS SUFFERED FOR YOU
It was against the Roman law for the Jewish people to put anyone to death (John 18:31). They planned to have Pilate kill Jesus by Roman death on the cross. Pilate had Jesus beaten. The soldiers made a crown of thorns and put it upon His head. They put a purple robe on Him and mocked Him as a king. Some slapped Him and pulled out His beard. Pilate then tried to free Jesus, but the people cried, “Crucify Him” (John 19:1-6). Jesus did not complain. He opened not His mouth (Isaiah 53:7). He accepted your place and your pain. Jesus Christ died for you. He suffered for you. They forced Jesus to carry His cross and they led Him away to crucify Him. He fell from weakness. He could not carry the cross. They forced another man to carry the cross. They led Jesus as a Lamb to Calvary and there they prepared Him for the cross. They drove nails into both hands and into His feet. He accepted pain for you (John 19:16-18).
JESUS DIED FOR YOU
They raised the cross and lifted Jesus up. Then they dropped the cross into the hole. His weight pulled the flesh and caused great pain. Jesus cried, “Father forgive them.” After six hours of suffering, He said, “I thirst.” Then He cried, “It is finished.” The plan of God was finished. Jesus died for your sins. He died for you. This is the meaning of Easter. Jesus Christ became the final sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:12). He died in your place to accept your sin so you will not have to die as a sinner. As the priest laid the sins of the people upon the Lamb as a sacrifice to atone sins for one year, God laid on Jesus the sin of the world (Isa. 53:6). Jesus Christ became the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). For the first time, sin was not covered, but sin was taken away. Jesus Christ died to take away your sins. God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for your sins. He died for you. This is the meaning of Easter.
Jesus Christ Arose For You
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre (tomb) … And they found the stone rolled away… And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus… Behold two men stood… and said… He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:1-6). Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven. He promised to come again (Acts 1:10-11). He is still alive to forgive and save you from your sins. He died and rose from the grave, and is waiting to save you. He wants you in Heaven with Him. This is the true meaning of Easter.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ – There are many religions, but there is only one Gospel. The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for your sins, He was buried as a substitute for your death. He rose again to become your Saviour. He is alive, and He lives today to give you eternal life in Heaven. He is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). Other religions do not have a risen Saviour who can forgive sins and give eternal life in Heaven. Other religions may help the outside of man, but only Jesus Christ can give peace on the inside of man. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). This is the true meaning of Easter.
This Easter 2017 know the true meaning of Easter. Do you have peace in your heart? Only God can give true peace. This Easter 2017 receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. “But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Will you accept God’s free gift of eternal life? “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). No one can go to Heaven without Christ! “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Don’t die without Christ. All people are either in Christ or without Christ. When you believe and receive Him as your Saviour, you change and become a new person in Christ Jesus. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (person): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor. 5:17).
[ ]”Yes, This Easter 2017 I want to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I know now that He died, rose, and lives to forgive me. I know I cannot save myself, but I need a Saviour. I now turn (repent) to Him from my sins. I know I cannot go to Heaven without Jesus Christ. I now believe and receive Jesus Christ as my Saviour in accordance with John 1:12. This Easter 2017 I am now in Christ.” – Amen!
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