“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”
This week was Easter Sunday, a beautiful day of remembrance which we have to remember what Jesus did for us. To Christians everywhere, regardless of denomination, frequency of attendance at church, or even our walk with the Lord, we know what Easter Sunday represents: Jesus Christ, who came to this world over 2,000 years ago, who was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, and healed all kinds of people, died for us. Then, three days later, He rose again and conquered death; He set us free from the grasp of sin and snare of death.
To those who aren’t Christians, Easter means nothing. In fact, when I was younger, all that my parents told me about the special holiday was that we got to hunt for eggs and get small presents, and sometimes see the famed Easter Bunny. In a lot of ways, I have fond memories of those days, when my innocence was still with me and I did not know the truth.
I found out what Easter was when I was 19 years old, nearly 7 months after I became a Christian: It’s to remember that Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death. I was flabbergasted. I literally had no idea. To those of the world, like me as a young boy, Easter means nothing more than another day. To those of Christ, Easter means salvation, resurrection, hope, joy, and peace.
It is important to remember on this special day what Jesus went through before He rose three days later. It’s intensely sobering that He died, though he was sinless, a terrible, painful death, for everyone. Jesus Christ left His home in heaven to come down to this place that we call home, for the main purpose of being with us.
That’s why He was born, died, and rose again. That’s the whole point of the gospel: so that we might have a relationship with our Creator, the God who created us. The beautiful thing about Jesus is that He lets us freely choose Him, knowing this is the only way to show that our love and faith is true. He did all of this because God loves us with a perfect love.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails… (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
This week, let us remember what He did for us, that He loves us no matter what, and that He will always pursue us because of His perfect love for us.