Since we are celebrating this holiday I thought I’d write about what is the Easter all about.
According to Wikipedia, Easter (also called Pascha in Greek or Latin) is also known as Resurrection Sunday. It is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead as told in the Gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in the New Testament.
Who is Jesus
As for those who may not know, Jesus claims to be the Son of God who came into this world over 2,000 years ago to save humanity from the impending judgment of our sins. Is he legit or true, some of you may ask. Hundreds and thousands of scholars have done research over centuries of this person, Jesus and none has been able to disprove that he existed and that he did come and died and rose again (resurrected).
Also, if I may point out, none from the history of the human race have so much impact in the whole world as he has done. His birth is celebrated as a holiday during Christmas. While his death and resurrection is celebrated as a holiday during Easter. If he is just a myth then his story would have died centuries ago, but until now people are still talking about it.
Sin & Judgment
So let’s back off a bit. What is sin and why do we need to be saved from it, you may ask? Sin is basically humanity’s nature of erring or making mistakes. I highly doubt no single human being that has ever lived on this earth can claim to have never made any mistakes at all. So we are all prone to making errors or mistakes.
Why do we need to be saved from it?
We need to be saved because there is judgment coming. The Bible speaks of it. Jesus foretold of it.
What is this judgment? I won’t argue about God in this article but that’s for a different discussion. However, God, who is our Creator is described in the Bible as someone who is “holy”. That basically means he is perfect and pure and without blemish. So that being said, we (God’s created beings) have erred and offended God by our mistakes. Humanity has been separated from God because of Sin.
The Bible says in Isaiah 53:6 and I quote, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” Also, Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Now God, by nature is also just and righteous. Just like in our justice system every offense against the law needs to be justified by a corresponding punishment, then God also has to exercise justice against us for offending Him.
Now, what is the corresponding punishment for offending God our Creator? Simply put, it is Death. Death by definition is separation.
Let me elaborate on this a bit. There are two kinds of death. The physical death, which we are all inevitably will face one day. Physical death is the separation of body and soul. Then there is spiritual death, which is essentially separation of our spirit from God who created us supposedly to be with Him.
Romans 6:23(a) says, “For the wages [punishment or payment] of sin is death…”
What is this spiritual death? The Bible speaks of Hell, which is a fiery lake that is a place of torment and gnashing of teeth. Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of late Billy Graham, describes gnashing of teeth as when a woman is in severe pain in child birth. It hurts a lot.
Hell is described as constant gnashing of teeth. It means it never ends. You will be in a state of sever pain for all eternity.
This is why you should not tell someone, “to go to hell”. You won’t want even your enemies to go there.
Once we die physically and enter the realm of eternity, there is no other place there is to go that is separated from God other than Hell. There are only two options in eternity: Heaven (with God) or Hell (separated from God).
What a gloomy message
I know what you maybe thinking at this point. What a sad and gloomy message for this Easter holiday season. I beg you to hang on with me. It will turn around.
First off, let me also tell you that nothing we can do can ever make us right with God. It is not by doing good works or charity or giving or helping the needy or the poor. It is not through any religion.
There is still hope. If you are still reading this then let me tell you the good news.
What is the Easter all about
Now here’s the amazing fact about why we celebrate Easter or the resurrection of Jesus.
- Jesus, the Son of God, came on this Earth and lived a perfect (without errors or mistakes) life
- This means basically that Jesus lived a life that did not offend God and is not under judgment and the punishment of Sin, which is Death.
- Jesus took upon himself the punishment or payment for our offense to God
- The reason he lived perfectly, is so that he would be eligible (or worthy) to take yours and mine’s punishment for our mistakes and offense to God
- The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.“
- Jesus died on the cross
- This then is why he died on the cross, taking our sins and paying the price for it
- God made a way to reconcile or bring us back to himself. In Romans 5:8 it says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.“
- Jesus resurrected after three days
- But the story did not end in defeat when Jesus died, because after three days he rose again from the dead
- Jesus paid the penalty but rose again as mentioned in 1 Peter 3:18, “For [Jesus] Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.“
- This is the hope of those who believe in Jesus, that one day we will be with God for all eternity
- If you are a skeptic of the resurrection of Jesus, I suggest read Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for Christ” or there is also a movie of it which is the same title, go and watch it (just plugging as I find that movie really good).
You have a decision to make
Now Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is offered to anyone and everyone who will believe.
Jesus said in Revelations 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
The question is would you believe and receive in what Jesus has done for you and allow him to reconcile or restore you back to God our Creator? What Jesus has done does not automatically apply to everyone as that would violate your free will or your right or freedom to choose to accept or not.
You may ask, why don’t make it automatic so that no one will go to hell?
Well, let me tell you, another nature or characteristics of God our Creator, is that he loves us. This is clear in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God cannot love us and allow us to love Him in return without giving us the freedom of choice. It goes hand in hand. You might want to take a moment to let that sink in.
Okay so you now get the point. You’ll either have to accept or reject the offer that Jesus is giving you. No one can make the choice for you. It’s yours alone to make.
The repercussions of rejecting the message of Easter is already explained above. But the free gift or reward for accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour is “eternal life”. That is after we die physically, we will be assured that we will be with Jesus in heaven for all eternity.
Now you maybe asking, so how do I accept him?
How to accept and put your faith in Jesus
Allow me to guide you.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works so that no one can boast.”
The word “repent” basically means 180 degrees turn, or an about face. This means you’re making a conscious decision that you are turning away from living a life of sin or errors or mistakes. Then choosing to turn to God and allow Him to be the director of your life story from here on out.
Believing that Jesus indeed truly lived a perfect life. Then died on the cross and paid the punishment for our mistakes. Then on the third day rose again to give us the hope of eternal life.
Open your heart and invite Jesus in. Let Him be your Lord, your Master and your everything. His offer of salvation from a life that leads to destruction is truly worth everything.
If what I’ve written here so far resonate with you and your soul, let me invite you to pray this prayer.
“Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I have offended you in so many ways. I have decided to turn away from living a life of offense to you or in other words I repent from my sins. I am choosing to believe and accept what you have done for me. That you lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay for the just punishment for my mistakes and rose again to give me this hope that you are offering to me. I am opening the door of my heart and inviting you to come in. Help me to change as you see fit and truly be your follower. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my God. This I pray in your name, Jesus, amen.”
If you have sincerely prayed the prayer above, let me be the first to celebrate with you your new birth into God’s family. Believe that you are now restored back to God. Be assured you now have eternal life.
John 5:24 says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
Now as in any relationships, it would need nurturing. Just like in marriage, there is work to be done. You would want to get to know the God who gave you this life and all that He has done and will do for you.
Nurturing your new relationship with God involves getting to know Him and talking with Him. Below are some steps I would suggest for you to follow:
- Read the Bible
- The Bible is God’s tangible love letter that he has left for humanity
- I suggest start reading in the Gospel in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, preferably start with the book of John)
- Next one is talk to God, do not be intimidated. Praying is just the form of communication with God our Creator.
- You are welcome to ask for your needs, tell Him your frustrations and your struggles
- Spend as much time in prayer as you get to know God more and more
- You can also pray the words of the Bible (such as the book of Psalms)
- Connect to a church
- Then you would want to look for a Bible-believing church
- Another way to grow in your relationship with God is by connecting with people who believes in Jesus as well
- You can also get more guidance and have someone to asks questions from
- Good works
- Lastly, is do good works
- As I mentioned above, good works does not save us, but good works is the mark that we are truly saved
So I do hope you’ve taken this seriously and prayed the prayer above. If you have feel free to comment below or send me an email at Mark@MyJourney2Wealth.com.
It would be such an amazing joy for me to learn if any of what I’ve written here have resonated with you.
Also, feel free to comment your feedback, questions and reactions below.
Lastly, let me just plug, if you are a skeptic or searching for more answers, check out my post about Mark Clark’s book, “The Problem of God”.
Now go and have a wonderfully blessed Easter holiday everyone. God bless!