Today is the day Jesus died. Why is it called “good” then? Well, it was not what we would call a “good day” for him at the time. But now, we know it was a good day for us.
I will be honest, even with my walk with God spanning a few years now, I never truly welcomed the meaning of the season into my heart until this year. I knew the sacrifice Jesus made for me. I knew he died so that I could have a relationship with God and eternal life, but knowing those things only scratch the surface of what truly happened during that Passover week.
The Importance of Easter
Setting aside our culture’s beliefs about Easter, it is in my opinion the most important holiday we have. I honestly do not know where we came up with all the things surrounding Easter today. Maybe I’ll look into that next.
For those who don’t know, Easter is the time when Jesus died, and three days later rose from the dead. He walked the earth for 40 days after he rose, appearing to many, before ascending into Heaven. It was these actions that allow us to have a relationship with God today.
By living a blameless life, dying, and rising again, Jesus formed a pathway between us and God. God has given us a choice, from the beginning of time with Adam and Eve, God gave us the ability to choose. Place His will above our own. Put all of your faith in Him. Ask forgiveness for your sins and strive to live a life focused on him, and we have a place in Heaven when we die.
By coming to earth and living the life he did, Jesus fulfilled so many prophesies. What do I mean by this? For instance, you will find in the Bible that before Jesus came to earth, many people wrote about his coming, what he would do, how he would and so forth.
Jesus was God in the flesh. From the beginning of time (Gen 1:26) God knew he would send Jesus to earth. He knew that we would sin against him and need a Savior. Jesus lived 33 years without sinning, and he taught the Good News. He was shunned by his own people, those who knew him as Jesus the Carpenter. One of his closest followers, Judas, betrayed him. Jesus was arrested for blasphemy (claiming to be God). He was beat nearly to death with lead-tipped whips. He was required to carry his cross a long distance. As he struggled under the weight, people mocked him, “if you’re really God then save yourself”, they slapped him on the face and spat on him. His clothes were stripped, taking away any dignity that remained. They used huge nails to secure him to the cross. Going through his wrists so that the tendons running all the way up his arms would cause unbearable pain in his shoulders and upper back. Requiring him to leverage his weight on the the nail that was driven through his feet. People watching verbally abused him. He wore a crown of thorns that cut into his scalp. Three agonizing hours of this before he let his Spirit go. Having drained all the blood from his body, water poured from Jesus (John 4:14). This is Good Friday, my friends.
He was laid in a tomb, covered by a heavy rock. Easter Sunday marks the day that Jesus rose from the dead. He walked the earth for 40 more days, continuing to teach his followers. On the 40th day, he ascended into Heaven. As he had promised, the third and final piece of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, came down from Heaven, inhabiting all of those who believe in Jesus Christ.
If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
John 12: 44-46