As a kid growing up I always thought that Easter was about getting new clothes, and I thought it was about going to a placed called Coney Island in New York City. I also thought it was about hanging out with friends and getting our hair done. I thought it was about getting a basket with chocolate covered eggs and about getting baskets filled with candy. I was so surprised to find out once I became a Christian what the true meaning of Easter. Resurrection Sunday was about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! I had no idea that Jesus Christ died for my sins, I had no idea that he rose on the third day, and I had no idea that he did all of the amazing things for me that I might live again.
Year after year, we all got dressed up and we were so oblivious to the price that was paid for me and I am so thankful to know that. As much as I was able to get all these new things, I never realized that I was made new. I never knew that I was forgiven. I am so thankful to have had the privilege to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I am so thankful to know that he died that I might live, and I desire to live for him and to share with others so that they would know that he died for them as well and he desires to be in a personal relationship with us.
I am so thankful and honored to serve a risen savior as we get ready for Easter (Resurrection Sunday). I want to remind you that we are all of God’s children and he died for every last one of us and he desires to be in relationship with us. He wants us all to know that he loves us.
I want you to know that it is okay to get nice new beautiful clothes and to have a beautiful hair style, but I also want you to know that Jesus Christ died for your sins and he wants you to know that he loves you with a perfect love. I want you to know that he rose again and he died so that you might live.
Jesus Is Risen!
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.