Easter and Christmas are two big festivals widely celebrated by Christians every year. Unbelievers do join in the celebration as a way of catching fun. I remember when I was growing up, these two events are what we always looked forward to as kids. The same applied to my contemporary age mates in my community. We all knew it was always a time we get new clothes, have fun, and most importantly, get a most elusive meal such as chicken or turkey from our parents for this special time. You will understand if you are like me, born without a silver spoon in my mouth. Eating of chicken and turkey was not common in our meals. But one thing is sure, in any of these festivals, it was as certain as death and taxes.
Likewise spiritually, the Easter period should rekindle our hope of eternity and heaven. It should be spent with sober reflection on the love and unselfish choice Jesus made to lay down His life for mankind. Knowing full well that He was not accepted by His people while He was alive. Even so, He still went to die. What gave Him impression that His death would mean anything to His people and mankind? He had to die in hope, hoping that people will repent of their sins. Hope that he had to do what he had to do, for you and me.
28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. (Luke 4:28-39NIV)
Jesus is the first-born in the family of God. His experience is our experience. His death our death. His resurrection our resurrection. Easter should remind us of his accomplishment on the cross. Jesus didn’t die for Himself. He died for others, even for those who hated Him now and then. His death paved the way for our liberation. Liberty from the clutches of Satan.
Before and during the Jesus era, death reigned supreme in human lives. It was a rare thing to see anyone wake up after pronounced dead. One rare occasion was when the body of a dead man touched the bone of Prophet Elisha when buried in his sepulchre. That is why it raised a lot of eyebrows when Jesus raised people from the dead. People did believe in resurrection after death, but never believe it can happen now.
RESURRECTION IS FOR NOW AND FUTURE
Jesus resurrection not only brings hope for the future but hope for today. Otherwise, He wouldn’t have raised any dead during His time. He would probably have left them to eternity. Believing in resurrection only for the future would not allow a man to take advantage of what Jesus had accomplished for mankind to enjoy on this planet earth.
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 1Cor 15:19NLT
The above scriptures never said we should not have hope for this world rather it warns us not to live only for this world. The resurrection of Jesus brings hope for today and hope for the future. This is why He died. This is why God sent Him. He died to give us a better life in this world. We must explore those benefits and we must enjoy them.
HOPE FOR TODAY
From the Book of Isaiah 53:5, below are the benefits:
1. But he was pierced for our transgressions: FORGIVENESS OF SINS
2. He was crushed for our iniquities: DELIVERANCE FROM CURSES AND EVIL
3. The punishment that brought us peace was on him,: PEACE AND PROSPERITY
4. And by his wounds, we are healed. HEALING AND RESTORATION
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
1. Family and friends reunion. 1Thess 4:13-14
2. Meeting the Patriarchs. Luke 16:19-31
3. Meet with God. Ps 42:1-2
4. Meet with Jesus. 1Thess 4:17
5. Inhabit mansions. John 14:2-3
6. Received rewards. Matt 19:28-39
7. No more pain, tears, sorrow, etc. Rev 21:4
8. Live forever in peace and unity. Isa 9:7
The hope that death and resurrection of Jesus brings should excite everyone who has given their lives to Jesus and is serving Him faithfully. It gives me strength to endure hardship. You should get excited. For me, I am excited to see what lies before me. It gives me the courage to continue to be faithful to God and man. Because my labour shall never be in vain. I hope you too!
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. (Matt 28:8NIV)
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.(Luke 24:51-52NIV)
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, this is the right time to do so. You are not reading this post by accident. Only confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour; prayerfully and from the depth of your heart. If you have done that, believe your sins are forgiven, and you are now a child of God. For your spiritual growth, you need to join yourself to a Bible believing Church in your area. You may contact me by submitting your details through the contact form if you need guidance and counselling. God bless you.
Happy Easter to you all!