What is Easter? Is it about bunnies? Is it the time when kids can eat as many chocolate eggs as they want? Well, even though I love chocolate eggs and bunnies, Easter has absolutely no connection with our modern traditions. So, what is it all about? It is all about Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. But who is Jesus, why do we celebrate his death and why did he rise from the dead? Today I want to answer these three questions in order to explain why we celebrate Easter.
Jesus is known as a good man who cared about the poor, a good teacher who communicated in a simple way difficult teachings and a good healer who helped the blind to see and the paralysed to walk. But good people don’t die on a cross, right? So, why was Jesus crucified?
Many people thought he was a liar or a crazy man who deserves to be killed because he claimed to be the son of God. But if Jesus was really the son of God, wouldn’t he save himself from the cross? Well, not really. Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. Jesus did not come to be saved but to save us. Let me explain.
God is perfect and Heaven is a place where only perfect people can live in. However, we are not perfect. We all make mistakes, we all lie to one another and our minds are full of bad thoughts, right? In other words, because of our imperfections, we need to live far away from God for all eternity. The name of this separation between God and humankind is hell. We should spend eternity in hell. However, the son of God came to save us from hell by dying on a cross to pay for our mistakes, for our sins. But that was not the end.
Jesus died on a cross but rose from the dead after three days making the resurrection of those who follow Him possible. Because Jesus lives, we can have eternal life in Heaven. Maybe you find difficult to believe in it and I totally understand it. However, there are three reasons why we can all believe that Jesus is still alive.
One, many godly men predicted that Jesus was going to die but rise from the dead. Jesus himself said many times that he would be rejected by his people, die on a cross to pay for our sins and rise from the dead after three days. Two, many people saw, touched and had meals with Jesus after his resurrection. The Bible says that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people who saw him alive after the crucifixion. It wouldn’t be possible to convince so may people to lie, right? Three, many of these people were killed because they kept saying that Jesus rose from the dead, killed for their faith in Christ. I personally wouldn’t die for a lie, would you?
Jesus is God’s son who died on a cross to pay for our sins and rose from the dead to give us eternal life. That is good news, right? That is the gospel of Jesus. That is what Easter is all about. That is the reason why we celebrate Easter. The questions we need to raise now are who Jesus is for you? Is Jesus your saviour or a liar? Do you believe Jesus is still alive or that he is just a dead crazy man?