The meaning of Easter
No matter the challenges we’re facing or the hardships that life brings our way, we can still celebrate Easter. Why? Easter means Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Easter is significant to Christians as it is the foundation of the Christian faith. Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled prophecy and through his death, he has given us the gift of eternal life.
Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day as recorded in Isaiah 53. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew our hope that we have victory over sin.
Easter also symbolizes the complete verification of all that Jesus preached and taught during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher. However, His resurrection gave the final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.
Significance of Christ’s resurrection
The resurrection is one of the major pieces of evidence that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 1:4)
Jesus’ resurrection tells the world that the Kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign King. “I am the first and the last, and the Living one, and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:17-18)
Through Christ’s resurrection, we have an assurance of the forgiveness of sin. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
Christ’s resurrection is the ultimate victory of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain but was standing again. (Revelation 5:6)
Jesus’ resurrection proves that physical death is not the termination of human existence. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession. (1 Timothy 6:13)
Easter reminds us that we are fully reconciled back to God and we have won the victory over death. Easter also teaches us to emulate Christ’s virtues such as humility, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, sacrifice, love, and hope.
Over this Easter period let us thank Jesus for the cross, pray that others will recognize Jesus as risen and able to transform their lives, and remember that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Let us also take this opportunity to be a blessing to our brothers and sisters who are suffering around us.