Easter Sunday falls on April 8th this year. It’s getting close!
Each year Sue, her sister and niece split up the three major holidays – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas – among them. Susan’s lot fell on Easter this year.
In what spare time she can scrape together she is scurrying about, getting ready to set a feast for family and a few close friends.
So, leading off comes the white Easter Bunny cake with white coconut frosting (my favorite!), then bunny shaped bread, bunny candies, colored eggs … you know, the whole Easter parade thing. “It’s fun for the kids,” we reason, or “Hey, it’s traditional.” Or whatever other classic excuse we come up with. My question is, what in the world do Easter eggs and bunnies have to do in the slightest with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? (HellO-o, wasn’t Easter originally the pagan celebration of sex and fertility?)
Easter (Christians could call it “Redemption’s Story”), was the time roughly two thousand years ago when, on Friday, the Lord Jesus Christ was brutally beaten and abused, then crucified. He became our substitute, giving His life on the cross of Calvary in our place, to pay for our sins (Isaiah 53:5, 6.) Having accomplished this work of redemption for mankind, His lifeless body was taken down from Calvary’s cross and placed in a tomb. But after three days and nights Christ rose to life again on Sunday, or Resurrection Morning, victorious over death, the grave and the Devil. (Isaiah 25:8.)
These historical events make it possible for us to receive complete forgiveness of our sins and also to receive the free gift of eternal life. Yes, we may be adopted into God’s family as one of His children (Ephesians 1:5) by simply believing with all our heart that Jesus died for us, in our place, to pay the penalty required for our sins (Ephesians 2:8, 9; I Peter 3:18.) When we believe and rest on the fact that Jesus died for us, He gives us the right to become the children of God. (John 1:12.)
In closing, let me quote the words of Scripture mentioned above:
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6, ESV.)
“He will swallow up death in victory (forever); and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8, KJV.)
“In love … he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—“ (Ephesians 1:5, NIV.)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9, ESV.)
“For Christ died for sin once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,” (I Peter 3:18, NIV.)
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1: 12, ESV.)
For more information and Scripture about receiving eternal life as a free gift from God, please read my free Gospel “Booklets”, above, on this web site.
Lord bless and keep until next time,
Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, now available on Amazon Kindle, above right:
Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated adventure for the whole family.
The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woven together to surely charm the kid in each of us.
Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure she’s not had for nine years. As their father – daughter relationship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life.
Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings out the silver lining from the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in it’s application of God’s truths.