Easter is the most important celebration, season or festival for Christians. This is because it is the remembrance and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Also, if Christ had not risen, the Christian faith would have no foundation.
We read in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church:
And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
1 Corinthians 15:14-19 NLT
Easter; the resurrection is the entire crux of the Christian faith. This is so because since Christ arose from the dead like it was prophesied, our faith is confirmed, sure and secure.
When we celebrate the birth of Christ in Christmas we do not only celebrate because He was born. If He was born, crucified, died, was buried but remained dead, then we would not be celebrating His birth because He wouldn’t be who He had claimed to be. He wouldn’t provide the salvation and redemption He declared He came to give.
The Bible records the following verses declaring who Jesus is and what He came to do on the earth.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. 15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. John 1:1-5, 14-17 NLT
For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4:11-12 NLT
Further more, Jesus made the following declarations from His own lips;
…“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” John 14:6-7 NLT
While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I’m not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don’t know him. 29 But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you.” John 7:28-29 NLT
So he explained it to them: I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
John 10:7-11 NLT
Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. 32 He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. 33 They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.” Luke 18: 31-33 NLT
So why is Easter the most important time or festival of the Christian faith?
1. We know that The God we serve is alive.
I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. Revelation 1:18 NLT
…For they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. I Thessalonians 1:9 NLT
This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people and particularly of all believers. 1 Timothy 4:10 NLT
No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. Hebrews 12:22 NLT
Easter is such an important celebration for Christians because we know that we serve a God that is alive. We don’t serve dead gods made by man. Our God is not made of wood, clay, silver or gold. Our God is the one who created the entire universe and all that is in it.
2. Our God is true.
But the Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King! Jeremiah 10:10a NLT
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19 NLT
The resurrection proved that our God is true. He is true and His word is true. Everything He said concerning the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ has been fulfilled. So we KNOW that everything written in His word concerning Christ’s return WILL come to pass.
We are assured that we serve The True God. He cannot lie!
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Hebrews 6:18a NLT
3. Our Salvation is Sure.
And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! Romans 15:17-18 NLT
Christ’s resurrection has ensured our salvation. If He had remained dead he wouldn’t have been able to save us from sin and death. But He is alive! Hallelujah! So our salvation is sure and we are saved and safe in Him.
We are no longer condemned because the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death! Romans 8:2
But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Hebrews 7:24-25 NLT
4. We have eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NLT
By His death and resurrection we now have eternal life. He took our death, nailed it to the cross and arose a conqueror over death for us. Then He gave us His life, eternal life. The very life of God is what every believer enjoys. Hallelujah!
This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. 2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.
Titus 1:1-2 NLT
5. We have victory over sin.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
1 Peter 2:24 NLT
We have died to sin. In Christ we can look sin in the face and refuse it. Yes, we will be tempted but Christ destroyed its power over us when He died. He conquered sin and death by His resurrection so sin no longer has dominion over us.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14 NLT
6. We Share in His Riches and Glory.
No matter what we face in this life. In spite of the challenges or crises in the earth. We rest in the hope Christ’s resurrection has given us. In Him, we have hope of victory over every circumstance. He has assured us victory because we share in His glory. This hope gives us strength and courage to live. It gives us reason to never give up, no matter what.
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. Colossians 1:27 NLT
7. We have Hope of Eternity with God.
As a result of Christ’s resurrection, we know that He will return. We can rest in the knowing that all who died in Christ will be raised then. Death will not hold them back.
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.
1 Corinthians 15:21-23 NLT
Those who are alive in Christ will also meet Christ upon His return. Then they will with those who were raised from the dead be with Christ forever.
The resurrection of Christ is our hope for eternity. If Christ had not resurrected we will be hopeless even in this world.
Happy Easter to you and your loved ones! Celebrate this feast in rejoicing of all that Christ’s resurrection has done for and provided for us.
I know this does not cover ALL that the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus offers us. Please share with my readers and I in the comment section some other significances of Easter.
What are some other reasons Easter is very important to you as a Christian?
Have you encountered the Christ we celebrate?
Would you like to encounter Him?
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