If you awoke this morning wondering what the big deal about Easter is you are probably not alone.
As Easter has become secularized and commercialized, particularly in the U.S.A., the true meaning of Easter has become obscured.
But whether you are a Christian or not, Easter does mean something.
Whether you believe it or not, Easter means something.
For Non-Chrisitans. If you are not a Christian, you should know that Easter celebrates the proof you are looking for that Jesus is who He said He was. The Jews asked Jesus for proof He was the Son of God. Jesus told them the proof would be that after they killed Him, He would rise from the dead in three days. (John 2:18-21). The resurrection of Jesus, as one converted Jew would later say, did not happen in a corner. (Acts 26:26). The resurrection of Jesus is an event rooted in history, as sure as the Fall of Rome, the storming of the Bastille and sinking of the Titanic. It’s existence is not dependent upon your belief. By the resurrection, God “furnished proof to all men” that Jesus was who he said He was. (Acts 17:31).
For Christians. For Christians, Easter means something more though. Easter means not just that Jesus was who He said He was, and that His sacrifice on the cross for our sins was effective, but it is proof what God can do in and through Christians. The Apostle Paul said that within Christians dwells the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 8:11). If the same Spirit dwells in you as raised Jesus from the dead, that same Spirit can transform you, give you victory over sin and transform the dying world around you.
Have a great Easter! GS