Imagine a gumball machine filled to the brim with colorful candy. With just a bit of pocket change, you can fill up on vibrantly colored candy, but with time, the gumball machine empties out and the gum loses its flavor. Upon first glance, that machine may have looked completely full, but really it had many empty spaces and was easily poured out.
Have you ever experienced an earthquake or witnessed a solar eclipse?
What about both at the same time?
On Good Friday, we remember the death of Jesus—an occasion so momentous that it inspired the earth itself to react. The ground shook. The sky went completely dark. There was a shift in history so important, the physical world responded.
Can you imagine the desperation people felt when a beloved friend, and the man they trusted as Savior, died right before their eyes?
We all know the end of this story. For three days, hope was lost. The book appeared closed—evil had won. But it was only Friday.
Just three days later, the tomb was found empty, and word spread like wildfire—Jesus is ALIVE! It’s hard to fathom the excitement that was in the air! Men and women celebrated in the streets, as they realized that death had not won. Jesus our Savior was victorious. And as a result, so are we.
You may have heard about Jesus’ death and resurrection many times at Kamp or during this Easter season. With the fast-moving nature of life, it can be easy to forget what this history-altering event still means to us today.
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”
1 Peter 3:18
Every human failure, guilty verdict and shameful action was laid on his shoulders. He raised his hand and volunteered to take our place of separation from God. Because the Son of God died and then defeated death, we can be in the presence of God. We can know the maker of the Grand Canyon and Northern Lights. The author of our own story. The One who holds us in His hand.
So what does that mean for us today? Let’s break it down:
No more fear.
Rejection, guilt, shame? Powerless.
Hopelessness? Oh, that is defeated.
Condemnation and regret? See you later.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Because of Jesus’ resurrection day, let's proudly announce that we get one, too. No matter the circumstances around us, Jesus offers a free gift to make what is dead within us alive again. Instead of the chains we feel, we can find freedom. The sign of an empty tomb reminds us that we belong to Him. May we remind you? You are no longer a victim to sin. Instead, you are a victor through Jesus Christ.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Jesus became sin so that you may be saved from it! When we believe that He really is our Savior, we find ultimate freedom. You are invited to experience the beauty of what Easter really means—a relationship with the Father. A clean slate. A resurrection day for everyone.
We invite you to celebrate this gift with us and pray that you and your family have a restful and joyful Easter!