Isn’t spring such a beautiful time of year? Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping— and we get to celebrate Easter because of our risen Savior!
As believers, we are filled with gratitude and joy during the Easter season. It’s a time for us to remember the matchless sacrifice Jesus made for us, His imperfect children. This sacrifice is highlighted in Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Can you imagine giving your life for someone else’s benefit? It’s a tough idea to wrap our heads around because it requires incredible, unconditional love to give your life for someone else. Even though we fall short, Christ still made this perfect sacrifice for us. As humans, we’ll always be sinners. God knew this, but He sent his perfect Son to the cross to pay the punishment for our sin. It’s now through God’s grace that we have salvation offered to us in Jesus. When Jesus was buried in the tomb, He didn’t stay there! He overcame death by rising from it and it’s because of His powerful resurrection that we, centuries later, still celebrate through the holiday, Easter!
We are not only celebrating that Jesus is risen, but we are also celebrating God’s victory over death, sin and evil. As we read in 1 Corinthians 15:55-57: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
From the cross, Jesus defeated death and evil. Now, we get to celebrate and rejoice in His victory. And because we are His children, His victory is our victory! What is more victorious than the idea of eternity in Heaven with the Savior who loved us enough to give his life for us? By spending time in prayer and in God’s Word, we are filled with the truth of our salvation that came from Jesus’ sacrifice and victory. As we are transformed by the word of God, our love for Him should move us to share this good news with others.
In Matthew 28:6-7, the angel at Jesus’ tomb told Mary and Mary Magdalene some incredible news: “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
This news was something that the women couldn’t keep to themselves, because it was the single most important thing worth sharing. The Savior that they loved and witnessed die was alive! Matthew 28:8 tells us that they immediately ran to tell the disciples. How could they possibly keep something so wonderful from others?
As we move past Easter and into the remainder of the year, we should live with the same attitude as Mary and Mary Magdalene about the news of Christ’s victory. His beautiful sacrifice granted us eternal life, which is possible for all those who believe in Him. It’s our job to tell the world of this good news, with our words and actions! As Christians, let’s continue to spread the news of Jesus’ victory and thank Him daily for His incredible sacrifice.