17 Apr What Easter Means For Believers
I believe that Jesus was crucified, that He died and was buried. I believe that on the third day He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven after He had shown Himself to His people. Easter is a time set out to remember all that Christ suffered for us, it is a good time to reflect on what His death and resurrection means for every believer.
I have made a list of some of the things the death and resurrection of Christ means to the Church; we shouldn’t get lost in the celebration and forget the reason why we celebrate.
Please hover over Bible verses to read them.
1. We are forgiven.
The most interesting part of Christ’s death and resurrection for us is that we are no longer guilty. Jesus by bearing our sins on the cross has set is free from sin and its consequences. We have been forgiven and the burden of guilt is lifted off our shoulders.
Picture a man, guilty of murder and sentenced to death, standing in front of a judge. Then the judge looks at him and declares him forgiven and free because someone took his place and pleaded for him. Hallelujah, we are forgiven! Acts 13:37-38 (AMP)
2. We can live forever.
God from the beginning designed man to live forever with Him, but when man sinned that could not happen. When man ate of the tree, he reduced himself to death. But the death and resurrection of Christ has enabled us overcome death and enter eternal life once again. John 3:15-16
3. The curse of sin is broken.
With sin came along its consequent curses; death, sickness, poverty, pain, sorrow… But the death and resurrection of Jesus has broken every curse and now we can enjoy all of God’s promised blessings because the curse of sin is broken. Galatians 3:13-14 (AMP)
4. We can call God; Father.
We were enslaved by sin and merely existed as God’s creatures. We could lay no claim to God, nothing more than servants. The death and resurrection of Jesus has changed all of these, now God is not only our creator but our father, we can now enjoy Sonship rights in Christ. Galatians 4:4-6
5. We are joint-heirs with Christ.
Like I said earlier, we could lay no claim to God or claim any inheritance. But now we can enjoy honour and glory; everything that Jesus enjoys, we can enjoy too because we have become joint-heirs with Him. Romans 8:15-17
6. We can stand before God.
Sin was a barrier, a partition, a wall that prevented us from approaching God. We were not at peace with God and could not stand before Him. Now, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection we all can enter into God’s presence without any hindrance. Ephesians 2: 13-18 (AMP)
7. We have victory over death.
Sin has already sent us to eternal damnation, eternal death, eternal separation from God and life. But Jesus died and rose again and broke the power of death over us. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,54
8. We are can reign on earth as kings
Originally, we were created to reign. God commanded man to dominate and rule the world. This happened until sin came in and we were displaced because of it. But now, hallelujah! We have been restored to our original position of rule, to reign in life and on earth. Romans 5: 17 AMP
9. We are all ministers, to reconcile men to God
With all the benefits and privileges of Jesus’ death and resurrection comes on shared responsibility; that of sharing the saving love of Christ to our world. It is the ministry of every single believer to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ, telling men of how He came, lived and died to save us from destruction and grant us life forever more. This1 is a command, not a suggestion. Matthew 28: 18-20
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
I am so glad that Jesus loved me enough to die for me!
What about you, what does Easter mean for/to you?
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