The Significance of Easter
Easter is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Christian calendar. It is a day that believers from all over the world remember the day their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came into this world, was crucified on the cross, died, and was buried and after the third day, he resurrected.
To understand the real significance of Easter we must trace back to find out what caused Jesus Christ to leave heaven only to come and die a painful death at the cross.
When God created man, He put him in the Garden of Eden and was much pleased with what He had created. Man had not committed any sin yet and was morally pure.
But after some time the devil in the form of a serpent deceived man and made man disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. This was the entry point of sin into this world. Sin that separated the relationship of God and man.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—(Romans 5:12)
Every man ever born after Adam was born a sinner not because of the sins he had committed but because of the sinful nature of Adam in him.
The justice of God demanded that man pays for his own sin. But among the son of men, there was no one who was found perfect and sinless to pay for his own sin. Because all were found to have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, there was no one righteous not even one. (Romans 3:10)
Even the animal sacrifices that were offered according to the Law of Moses had no solution for sin, instead every time they were offered it was a reminder of sins.
But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Hebrews 10:3-4).
These animal sacrifices only covered sins for a while. If all went on like this man was heading to hell as no solution for sin had not been found. God had to intervene in the situation.
Jesus Christ was still spirit and the justice of God needed a man who had flesh to die and to shed the blood and set man free from the bondage of sin. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22).
This means that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Therefore God had to prepare a body in which Jesus Christ, His Son, will be born so as to appear in flesh.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. (Hebrews 10:5).
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Jesus Christ through the body of a woman is incarnated. When John the Baptist sees Jesus Christ coming to be baptized, he gets a deep revelation of who really Jesus Christ was.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29).
Jesus Christ comes not as a lamb to cover the sins of man but to completely take away the sins of the whole world.
Before Jesus Christ is crucified, He passes a lot of temptations straight from baptism to the cross. And for Him to provide a perfect sacrifice for the remission of our sins in all the temptations He passed through He didn’t sin.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15). Christ’s main mission was to pay a ransom for the sins and set man free from the bondage of sin. (Mathew 20:28)
No one forced Jesus Christ to die at the cross for the payment of our sins. This is because He is a good Shepherd who was willing to die for His sheep. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:15).
Christ is later handed over to the Roman authority to be crucified. And at the cross, Jesus Christ took all of our sins, and instead, He gave us His righteousness. God made Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin that we may become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
God the Father accepted the sacrifice that was offered by Jesus Christ at the cross for the payment of our sins, He did that by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead to prove His satisfaction.
Now to those who believe in Jesus Christ they are forgiven all of their sins. As Christ Jesus became the atoning sacrifice for all of our sins.
And He [that same Jesus Himself] is the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours alone but also for [the sins of] the whole world. (1 John 2:2 AMP)
Now when we celebrate Easter we celebrate the victory over sin. The power of sin that acted as a barrier between man and God was completely stripped off at the cross.
For those who now believe in Jesus Christ they are justified freely by faith. And therefore they are no longer under condemnation for they have passed from death to life. They shall never perish but have eternal life.
And now this becomes the great significance of believers celebrating the Easter holidays. And we can have the assurance: “Do Not Be Anxious For 2021 (by Elizabeth Boyd)“.
We, from savorscripture.com, wish you a thankful Easter time!