As a child, Easter was my very favorite holiday. I loved dressing up in a new dress with white lacy gloves and seeing new faces at church. I loved dinner at Mama and Papa’s house and hunting for Easter eggs with my sisters and cousins. It was a wonderful time of reflection and celebration with my family.
Easter is a little different now that I’m married and live 200 miles away from home. Especially this year, since Brian will be stuck at work all weekend. But I still love Easter because it means that I am free. It means that Jesus is real and that He really is God’s son. Jesus’s death and resurrection are proof that Jesus is God’s son. It’s unbelievable to know that Jesus loves us to die for us. Jesus is amazing.
So today, I’m sharing three truths that I want to remember not just this Easter season, but every day.
Jesus is Alive
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” -Matthew 28:1-10
Jesus told the disciples that He would come back to them, but I still imagine that they were shocked to see Him again. If they had any doubts left about who he is, then this was the final proof. It amazes to know that Jesus is still alive today and though we don’t see Him, He is with us. Thank you, Jesus, for saving us!
You Can Be Free
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8:32
Jesus said this before the crucifixion to his disciples. At the time, they didn’t really understand what Jesus was talking about when He told them that He would leave and return in three days. But now we know exactly what His words mean. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are free. We do not have live under the Old Testament law or perish because of our sins. Jesus is alive and He has set us free. No matter what sin has plagued your life Jesus forgives you and has created a way for you to have eternal life.
Easter Doesn’t End Today
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20
The Resurrection of Jesus may have happened 2,000 years ago, but Jesus is just as alive today as He was then. Time has not changed Him like it does us. Because He is never-changing, the message of Easter doesn’t end once the Easter eggs have been hunted and the jelly beans have been eaten. It’s a way of life. It’s a decision to live for Jesus every single day. That’s why I wanted to share Matthew 28:18-20 with you. Jesus dies for His people, sets them free, and then gives them -you and me- a job. We need to go and tell everyone about Jesus so that they can be free as well.
Going forward, what can we do to make Easter real to us not just today, but every day? For me, it starts with daily Bible reading and reflection and lots of prayer. Then a specific plan to get involved and people to tell about Jesus.
How do you make the joy of Easter real every day?