Archive | March 27, 2016

He Lives!

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For some, Easter may be just another holiday that involves eating quite a bit and getting together with family. When thinking about Easter, we probably associate it with chicks and bunnies, colored eggs and flower. And while some of that is awesome and creative, there is one important reason Easter is what it is.

Easter is probably the most happy and memorable holiday out of all of them that I celebrate. I can recall many good memories associated with Easter, such as collecting plastic Easter eggs when I was younger and then when I became older, it was the food and company I enjoyed the most. However, there is yet another reason why I am so fond of Easter. It is the day Christ conquered the grave.

1456375bffb1dc7db220e2dc9cbc7ed3What does this mean? Well, many centuries ago, God became man and lived among other humans, During His time on earth, he healed the sick, raised the dead, and taught about God to crowds as well as making friends and gathering with others. Though some people were not too fond of Jesus, many were, and they came to know Him and accept Him.

However, on one particular night, one of Jesus’ disciples and friends, Judas, betrayed Jesus and led a group of Roman soldiers to Him to capture Him. Though His disciples tried to protect Jesus from the soldiers, Jesus willingly went with them to trial. Jesus went to multiple trials, and nobody could find fault with Him. The crowds were angry; they wanted Jesus dead, and thus, He was condemned to die on the cross, the death of a thief and robber.

However, this isn’t the end, Three days after Jesus died, two women came to His tomb to decorate it and clean it. Upon entering, they discovered that Jesus’ body was not there. An angel that was there told them that Jesus had risen! He was alive, just as He said He would be! Rejoicing, the women went to their loved ones, telling them the news.

db9c5479a308a30e6374ad80d6b452dcWhy was this necessary? Why did Jesus have to die? He could’ve stopped everything to keep Himself alive, so why did He let it happen?

Back in those days, the people were suppose to sacrifice an unblemished lamb. This would cleanse of their sins for a short time, but as soon as they sinned again, they would have to make another sacrifice. This was a continuous cycle they had to repeat, but when Jesus died, the Lamb of God, his death meant we were forgiven, and we wouldn’t have to sacrifice anything anymore, because His forgiveness was and is eternal.

This is why Easter is such a happy holiday to celebrate. Jesus’ death means life for me and everyone who accepts Him. We are all sinners, deserving of hell, but Christ has extended a gift to us if only we accept it. And this is why I love this time of year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter! I plan on enjoying Easter lunch after church, then just hanging out. It’s been gorgeous outside the past few days! At long last, winter is gone!!