Every year it is the same old story. Eggs are colored and decorated for the event usually on the previous day. The following day as the event ensues, children hunt these beautiful masterpieces along with pieces of candy that are also hidden. How thankful we are for the rabbit that supposedly laid these eggs. Wait a minute!! Rabbits don’t lay eggs, and certainly they don’t lay chicken eggs that have been boiled and colored. Is this what Easter is really about? To the world we live in, the answer to that is yes, but to those of us that are saved, Easter has a whole different meaning.
In the beginning, God created the first man and woman, placed them in a special garden, and told them they had access to everything except one tree. Unfortunately, they rebelled and ate from the tree. At this point, sin entered the world and everything became cursed. As God was pronouncing judgment on these saboteurs, he promise he would send a savior to make things right. Here is what he said:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15 KJV)
This is God’s curse on our adversary, the devil, that tricked Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. Two seeds are mentioned. The first is his seed or those that are born in sin. This includes every human being born after this time. The second seed is those that would be born again through a savior which would be born of a virgin woman (hence: seed of a woman). This savior would have no sin nature (sin passes through the seed of man), and he, even though Satan would try to destroy him (bruise his heel), would eventually deliver the death blow to this enemy (bruise his head). All of this happened at the cross where our savior, Jesus, died for our sins and won us the victory:
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (Luke 23:46 KJV)
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7 KJV)
Now we are forgiven, but another problem still remains: we are still dead. Remember Adam and Eve. They sinned and death came upon the entire human race:
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12 and so KJV)
But wait! I have good news!
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10 KJV)
Jesus even told us he would be our life source:
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (John 14:19 KJV)
This is why we celebrate Easter, for on the first Easter day 2,000 years ago:
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. (Matthew 28:1-10 KJV)
Praise God!! He’s alive!! The grave could not hold him, and neither can it hold us!! This is the true meaning of Easter, for on this day our crucified savior rose from the grave and gave us victory over sin and our adversary, the Devil.
My question for you this morning is this: do you know him? Would you like to know him? Here is how: What must I do to be saved?