Many view Easter as nothing more than bunnies and eggs, but for a believer it is a very special holiday.
By Jon Ellingson
First Baptist Church, Baker
Many view Easter as nothing more than bunnies and eggs, but for a believer it is a very special holiday. It’s a time when we remember the resurrection of Christ. Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of the gospel (God’s “good news”) and thus of the Christian faith. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, God tells us how the resurrection is essential to the gospel: “I declare unto you the gospel … that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
The reason the gospel is the corner piece of Christianity is because it is the only means by which one can be right with God. Many have tried to become right with God through other ways such as baptism, confirmation, church membership, or moral living, but the Bible teaches that the only way to become right with God is through the gospel. Because God is just and holy He cannot overlook our sin. But because God is also love, our sins can be forgiven! On the cross, Christ took on Himself our sins and bore the wrath of God that we deserved. The good news of the gospel is that God offers the gift of salvation to all who come to Christ in repentance and faith.
Those who are depending on Christ as their only hope of salvation have much to rejoice about this Easter. The empty tomb that Sunday morning so long ago was a promise. Just as Jesus rose from the dead and went to sit on the right hand of the Father, so also all who trust in Him for salvation will be raised to eternal life in heaven with God. Do you have cause for rejoicing this Easter? Have you received Christ as your Savior?