Archive for April 22nd, 2011

Why We Celebrate Easter

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

 

 Easter is the most sacred observance for Christians. It is the observance of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

But why and what does it mean?
In the New Testament of the Bible, (1Cor 15:21-24) it is explained. “ 21For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.  22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,  24then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.”

 In the beginning, Adam, the first man, rejected God when he disobeyed God and from that time, man and all mankind, became sinful.  “ 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Rom 3:23)”.  ” THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; (Rom 3:10)”. That means you and me!

 Man cannot become righteous on his own because of his sinfulness, so God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, as payment for our sins. Not because we have any merit or right to that payment but because for God’s own purposes and according to His perfect will and plan, He selected some for salvation from the beginning of time (Eph 1:4) (2 Thes 2:13) and gave them to Christ for His own. We can’t earn salvation, it is a free gift from the Lord (Rom 6:23). He will call His own, and they will follow His voice (John 10:27). As man, we can’t understand this, and think it unfair, but who are we to judge the Creator of the Universe?  God tells us He is sovereign and He will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy (Rom 9:15)

  Christ died and arose again. So shall His own at that great and glorious day when we finally ascend to God’s heavenly domain to be with Him forever and ever.

Pray God that you too, might hear His voice (Ro 10:17) and receive His gift of salvation.