Easter is one of those holidays where thousands of people celebrate the infamous (and let's be honest, really creepy) Easter bunny. It’s that time of year where many gather to participate in an egg hunt or attend a festival. Though those things are fun and there’s nothing wrong with having fun, we need to remember the real meaning behind this precious holiday. It’s not the rabbits, chicks, candy and decorative eggs that are displayed everywhere, and it definitely isn’t the Easter bunny. The true meaning behind this holiday is Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus bore all our sins and died so we wouldn’t have to suffer for our wrongdoings. He loves us so much that He took our place. This fantastic deed cannot be remembered just one day a year. We need to reflect daily on what Jesus did and exalt Him for it. Because in Christ, we’re a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”While walking through life, we tend to forget the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice. What if we were to just stop in our tracks and remember all that Christ has done for us? What if we took communion every day as a remembrance of His body that was broken for us and His blood that was shed? God was willing to take on human form, descend onto the earth, and sacrifice Himself for all mankind. He loves us so much that He died a horrible and gruesome death without even putting up a fight. This proves just how much our Savior loves us.
What did we do to deserve such a sacrifice, and to receive this amazing grace and love? Well, we didn't do anything. We were already so radically adored long before we were conceived. This truth is validated in Psalm 139:13-14: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it full well.” God created every single one of us with intention. He thought of your appearance, personality, family, residence, likes and dislikes, and literally everything about you before you were even born. How fantastic is that? How can we not show admiration to a Savior who delivered us and who loves us with an everlasting love?
During the Easter season, hundreds of Christians reflect on the fact that God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” I said this earlier, but I’ll repeat it: this needs to be remembered every single day. Jesus literally took our place so we don’t have to suffer through the punishment of sin…which is death. We get to spend eternity with God in heaven. This gift is free. All we need to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Imagine being in Heaven with God forever. Just kidding… we can’t imagine it, because the human mind cannot even begin to comprehend how magnificent Heaven will be. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Written by Averie Coen