Do you ever wonder why Easter is so important? What does it say about God? How does it affect us? How should it change us?
A lot of people know it is the observation of Jesus’ death on the cross, but don’t really know why that’s so important.
I blog about Jesus and His salvation, how HE alone gets me through this life with hope and joy, so I wanted to share with you about how you can have that same hope and joy and salvation.
The Bible says that God is the creator of all things. He is holy, that means he is perfect. He has never sinned and will never sin.
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
However, the Bible says that man is sinful and in need of forgiveness from our rebellion against God.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The Bible says that the punishment for our sin is death; separation from God here on earth and for all eternity. Because God is holy and just, our sin literally cuts us off from Him.
23 For the wages of sin is death
But God loves us so much that he didn’t leave us here in our depravity. He gave us a way to reconcile our relationship with Him. He gave us a way to be made holy in His eyes. He sent His only son, Jesus, to come and live a perfect life, die on the cross to pay the punishment for our sin (past, present, and future) and conquer death by rising from the dead on the third day.
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If you believe this and confess Jesus is Lord of your life, you will have salvation. You can be made right with God and have a personal relationship with God. Confess your sin, repent and make Jesus the boss of your life and you can have salvation!
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
For me, the severity of my sin was enormous. The depths of hurt and pain from sin was so profound and my rebellion from the Lord seemed too far for forgiveness. However, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was so much bigger. God, in His perfection, created a way for our forgiveness and reconciliation to Him. Because He is perfect, I trust His perfect plan for my life, no matter what that means. Because of His sovereignty over all things, I have hope that life is bigger than me and that the future is filled with HIS magnificent glory. That joy supersedes circumstances. In fact, the forgiveness that I have received, though I never deserved, is so sweet and so wonderful it changed my heart. The Lord literally gave me a new heart.
I urge you to seek the Lord. Cry out to God and ask for forgiveness. Confess and turn from your sin and ask for Jesus to be your Lord.
I pray for your salvation. I know many of you are hurting. Struggling through constant trials, seeing your children suffering, and being a full-time caretaker is hard. Life can be incredibly hard. While becoming a Christian doesn’t promise you a life of ease, it does promise you a life of purpose, hope, and joy despite those burdens. I know personally that in my sin, I was completely desperate and lost. I was searching for joy, but everything fell short. Surrendering my life to the Lord and serving the Lord brought me peace and more joy than I could’ve imagined. My struggles and fears pale in comparison to God’s power and peace.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.