What is the meaning of Easter?
Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave his life to die for our sins. On the third day after he died, the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday, his friends went to his grave, and
found that he had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen."
Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. This is the
true story of Easter, and how it can change your life. Here are (4) principles that tell how you can receive the gift of God for your life.
1. God Loves You!
The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have
The Problem Is That:
2. All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our
sins have separated us from God.
The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”
Good News Is That, About 2,000 Years Ago:
3. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.
Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us.”
Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God his Father. He offers us the gift
of eternal life, of living forever with Him in heaven. If we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."
God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on
His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.
4. If you want to accept Christ as Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:
"Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life.
I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."
Did you pray this prayer? Than you are a Christian and Saved.
The True Meaning of Easter:
The best way to understand the real meaning of Easter would be from Jesus. As is recorded in the 12th chapter of John, Jesus was welcomed to Jerusalem by a large crowd singing praises
to Him, carrying palm branches and hailing Him as the King of Israel - the Messiah. They were gathering to celebrate Passover and such an outpouring of adoration made the Pharisees seeth with anger and disgust. They did not believe Jesus was their long-awaited
Jesus replied, "Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil
and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who
wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me." John 12:23-26
Probably a puzzling speech at the time. Jesus had to die and be "planted" in a tomb to rise up and produce a harvest of life everlasting to those who believed
in Him. (After His resurrection, the parable of the kernel of wheat could be fully understood.)
The New Covenant:
Jesus knew that He was going to be killed and how He was going to be killed; and He knew
the time was approaching. He told his disciples how he'd like his death on the cross to be remembered. His request is found in (KJV) Luke 22: 15 - 20
When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering
begins. For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again
until the Kingdom of God has come." He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me." After supper he took another cup of wine
and said, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (KJV) Luke
Without a doubt, Jesus wants us to remember his great love and sacrifice for us through communion. He was getting ready to be betrayed
by one of the disciples, publicly humiliated and mocked, beaten beyond recognition, and hung on a cross to die, when he made his special request for us to remember that He gave his body for us and poured out his blood as a sacrifice for us. The heart of Easter
lies in his words, "the new covenant between God and his people."
What is the real meaning of Easter? Because of Christ's death and resurrection, we have
been given victory over death and eternal separation from God, a covenant promise of forgiveness and grace:
“Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (KJV) 1 Corinthians 15:3
you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (KJV) Romans 10:9
When we eat the bread and drink the wine of communion, we need to search
our hearts. Are we remembering the suffering that Jesus’ body went through for us? Are we remembering how His blood was shed so our souls could be spared? Let’s thank Jesus this Easter for giving us life and for giving us the Holy Spirit as our
comforter and guide.