“Easter is the most important holiday we have.”
“It is?! More than Christmas?! WHY?!”
Micah couldn’t believe me. Mind blown. Easter is the most important holiday for us because without the resurrection, our faith is worthless. Jesus died for our sins, but if He had stayed dead? We would also die in our sin and everything we believe about God would be for naught. Don’t take my word for it. Paul said:
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
(1 Corinthians 15)
Without the resurrection, there would be no power in our faith, no grace for our weakness, no salvation from sure death. Without the resurrection, evil wins.
But because Jesus rose from the dead, good triumphs. After taking every evil onto Himself and dying so that the evil would also die, Jesus, in perfect and complete power, triumphed over death itself by coming back. He gathered everything terrible that had ever happened, was happening, and would happen, gave Himself as the absolute necessary blood sacrifice to pay for all of the horrific evil, and then returned in ultimate victory. For you. For me.
Because of the resurrection, we can be cleansed from our sin (or the “yuckies in our hearts,” as Norah says)
Because of the resurrection, we can receive grace to have full relationship with God again.
Because of the resurrection, we can receive power to overcome sin.
Because of the resurrection, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead can live in us.
Because of the resurrection, we can live in freedom, from sin and habits and hurts, because where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Because of the resurrection, we can live!
We can live, my friends. Jesus died so I don’t have to. Jesus died so you don’t have to. He took our punishment and instead handed us life, and life abundantly. Our Savior is alive, and He invites us to live with Him!