What Does Christianity and Easter
Have In Common?
He Is Risen!
His tortured and mutilated frame bled like ours as His blood-stained arms were stretched out and nailed to a wooden cross. These nails that bound him at the hands and feet did not end His kingdom and/or take away His spoken promises. They fulfilled it! Jesus’ death brought love, life, truth, forgiveness and eternal reconciliation with God through His resurrection. Jesus Christ defeated every sin, all evil and death on the cross. Death is not an ending, nor should we fear or dread it!
The Resurrection is at the very core of the Christian faith. Christ promised that He would be risen again in three days (John 2:19). Since He did just as He promised, we can be certain every single word Jesus ever spoke is nothing but the Truth because He is God (1 Corinthians 15:13-18). God sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9-10)!
Because Jesus has risen and is alive, we can be assured that He is sitting at the right hand of God and that our sins are forgiven and forgotten. And since Jesus has risen, we can have faith that He is living and intercedes to God on our behalf. What a glorious promise to treasure and embrace this Holy Week with Good Friday and Easter celebrations, reminding us of the victory gained on the cross all in the name of Love.
Since Jesus rose and was resurrected, He defeated death which ushers believers into eternal life with God the Father once we are gloriously raised (John 11:25). Now that’s quite a celebratory event, wouldn’t you agree? After all, the stone that was rolled away from the tomb heralded the gateway to heaven and the assurance of the promises that await us. We will also see our loved ones who passed before us again; that’s cause for celebration!
Sadly, the beautiful truths and proclamation about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection has been riddled with division due to the deception built around our legalistic religions. Jesus’ death and resurrection wasn’t fulfilled in order to instill guilt or shame. Quite the contrary! His death and resurrection was never intended to manipulate us through threats of eternal damnation or to restrain us with fear in order to lead us to repentance. Jesus did it all in the name of Love because God is the source of all love.
We have a friend in Jesus. Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends (John 15:13). As hard as it is to wrap our finite minds around this concept, we need to remember, There is no fear in love. But Perfect Love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment (1 John 4:18). That is the key that unlocks the doorway of our hearts and minds to engage in this great love affair.
I don’t know about you, but I needed introduction into what belonging meant because I was abandoned and rejected. I was once orphaned and alone, but all I had to do was reach out towards my Lord’s extending hand to receive His presence and adoption into His kingdom. Jesus is the gateway towards grace. Jesus is the doorway towards deliverance. Jesus is the free pass for peace. Jesus is the man of mercy. Jesus is the gate to glory!
I have been hated, but Jesus calls me highly favored. I was broken and betrayed, but Jesus made beauty out of ashes. My heart was fractured into many pieces, but Jesus offered me peace. When my worth and value were questioned, Jesus showed me my significance. I was once lonely, but Jesus calls me His friend. I was once abused, but Jesus is my advocate and protector. I was once weak and insecure, but now I’m strong, bold and courageous.
Everything Jesus did in His Life and through His death was extraordinarily loving!
Jesus ushers us into the gateway of heaven. That’s why He suffered such a horrendous death. Love is a choice and requires action. He died for my sins, let alone the world’s, to bring us into reconciliation with God. God so desperately wanted a relationship with His beloved children, He was willing to sacrifice it all, His only begotten son, and that was quite a selfless act.
Jesus brought heaven down. Let’s be Beautiful Beloveds who praise with reverence and adoration. There is no Greater Love than what ushers believers into eternal paradise promised and delivered through His death and resurrection. We can be at peace in the words Jesus promised us. That is love and hope worth believing and cleaving into! This hope is what empowers us with confidence to bravely walk by faith and not faint by sight!
Let’s commence this Holy Week remembering the freedom we have received from the death and resurrection of Christ. He is alive and is risen! I am embracing this beautiful Easter celebrating and rejoicing over who my Lord and Savior is, my Redeemer, by sharing with others this joy that resides within me and radiates off of me. Love is a choice with an action; won’t you join me!