Easter Sunday is now past.
There were plenty of Easter egg rolls and Easter egg hunts and surely the children were busy coloring some eggs. With all of this, it is easy to forget what Easter is really about.
Easter is the Christian holiday to celebrate Jesus Christ. On Good Friday, we remember the crushing and humiliating execution of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross. Then, three days later, on Sunday, we celebrate his incredible resurrection. He was born to die, “for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21c) and yet he was to be raised from that grave, “Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen!” (Mark 16:6c).
The lyrics of some old-time hymns provide a good way to remember the truth of Jesus Christ’s love for his people on Calvary’s hill a long time ago.
The Old Rugged Cross
1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame, And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best For a world of lost sinners was slain.
2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above, To bear it to dark Calvary.
3. In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see; For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me.
The agony and suffering that Jesus Christ experienced was profound. Yet he willingly went to that cross and shed his blood to fulfill his purpose in coming to this earth.
“For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world” (John 18:37c).
Jesus Paid It All
1 I hear the savior say, thy strength indeed is small, Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in me thine all in all
2 Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow, Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone, Can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone
3 My sin had left this crimson stain, he washed it white as snow, It's washed away, all my sin And all my shame, And when before the throne I stand in him complete, "Jesus died my soul to save" my lips shall still repeat.
His shed blood paid the price for those He came to save. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
1 Low in the grave He lay — Jesus my Savior! Waiting the coming day — Jesus my Lord!
2 Vainly they watch His bed — Jesus, my Savior! Vainly they seal the dead — Jesus my Lord!
3 Death cannot keep his prey — Jesus, my Savior! He tore the bars away — Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Because the grave could not hold him, we of this world can have hope, a hope that is realized in Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Easter is a wonderful holiday. However, we need to celebrate it for what it is, the celebration of Jesus Christ and his victory over death. That victory gives us the ability to have life everlasting with him.
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3).