Today, as we celebrate Easter I can’t help to think about what it really means. My family enjoys coloring eggs and hunting them. We enjoy Easter baskets and candy. We get dressed up in our Sunday best, but is that what Easter is about?
The answer to that question is definitely not. We aren’t celebrating all of those fun traditions, we are celebrating the fact that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. He willingly gave his life, so that we can be saved.
Today, my daughter got a little Easter egg that she was going to give to her cousin if she was “good.” I’m glad that came up, because we talked about what a true gift is, it is not dependent on how we perform, but is freely given, just because we love someone.
Jesus did not die for us dependent on our performance, he died for us because he loved us and because he knew that no matter how hard we try we can never, ever perform up to God’s standard of perfection. We are all fallen and fallible. We are all sinners and we are all in need of forgiveness. Fortunately for us, God died so we don’t have to be judged on our performance, we can simply be judged on whether or not we accepted the gift that Jesus gave us freely. Did we surrender our lives to Jesus? Did we acknowledge that we are sinners and acknowledge our need for the Savior? That’s it folks. The gospel is not complicated. We are simply saved by grace and putting our faith in Jesus Christ. We are saved because Jesus came to Earth, lived a perfect life and willingly sacrificed his life, so that we may live.
The question is, have you accepted Jesus? Are you aware that if you were the only one that ever accepted Jesus, He would have still died because He loves you that much? This Easter, take time and consider what Easter is really about. It is about a gift that is so much sweeter than the chocolate bunny, it is about our Savior sacrificing His life so that you and I can spend eternity in heaven. May you all have a blessed and happy Easter.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV