As Easter approaches, I find myself thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of his life was to offer himself a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us so that we could be forgiven and be found righteous in God’s sight (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus was so certain of his purpose that he predicted when and how he would die (Matt. 26:2). As followers of Jesus, what does Easter really mean to you? Some would say that Easter is just a religious holiday for Christians. Others might respond that Easter marks the day when Christians go to Church to remember their “God’s” death and resurrection.
As I was meditating upon the significance of Easter, I think about the acronym of “Easter” to help me understand its true meaning. Easter to me stands for:
E-ternal Son of God A-ccomplished S-alvation for us T-hrough His E-fficacious R-esurrection!
First, Easter is Joy in salvation. The Bible says that there is great joy in heaven whenever a sinner repents (Luke 15:10). In Hebrews 12: 2 we are told that Jesus anticipated the joy that would happen when each person would repent and be saved. Yes, when we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, we will experience joy of being forgiven and becoming a child of God.
Next, Easter means Hope for the future. Because Jesus conquered death, He brings hope to those who trusted Him (1Pet. 1: 3) As this chorus assures us:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fears is gone; Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living –just because He lives.
The last line of the chorus reminds us that Jesus’ resurrection not only gives us hope but also empowers us to live holy lives in this complex world.
Power to transform us. We can live our present life only by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We may not be perfect but we are assured that Christ will change us by the Spirit who lives in us. This life-transforming power was demonstrated in the lives of the early disciples. They were so transformed after Jesus’ resurrection that even their enemies could not help but noticed it. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4: 13).
What a wonderful and glorious Savior we have! As we worship God this Easter Sunday, let us rejoice and give thanks for what our Lord Jesus Christ had done for us. At the same time, let us go forth and boldly proclaim that Jesus lives so that others too may have joy, hope and a new life!
Rev. Mark Tay