From Easter Eggs To Easter Resurrection
by: Stephanie Rasbach | April 22, 2017
Easter growing up was a lot of fun. My god parents dyed eggs and hid them in the back yard. When I went to hunt for the eggs in the back yard, they forgot about one important thing – not to let the dog outside before I got the eggs. I never found a single egg – not even a piece of the shell. The dog had eaten a dozen eggs – no wonder her tail was wagging so much.
Not growing up in church, that’s all Easter was to me – a time to get candy and chocolate and I didn’t have to go door to door.
Now that I am an adult, go to church regularly, and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, my view of Easter has changed drastically. Here are 4 Biblical truths that have changed my perspective about Easter:
1. In Genesis 3 is the account of the Fall – where sin entered and Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden and because Adam represented all humanity, we are all now sinners from birth. So now, we all need a Savior. John 3:16 and 17 (ESV) tell us that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” So, Adam and Eve sinning was not a surprise to God at all and He was not worried about it either. He knew how He would save us.
2. So, many years later, Christ came into the world and lived among us for 33 years – the last 3 years were the years of His ministry. But what does it mean that God gave His son? Yes, He lived as a godly example – teaching us how to live but He did much more than that.
3. Honestly I’m grateful I wasn’t alive in Biblical times. Back then, the people were required to bring sacrifices to the priest and the priest presented them to God on their behalf. The sacrifices were animal sacrifices because for the forgiveness of sin, blood had to be shed. In Deuteronomy 5, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments. Now people had a law to live by and it was impossible to meet the high standards there. Only Christ could perfectly fulfill them. Christ exemplified how to live them out in daily life while on this earth and then died a tortuous death as the final, perfect sacrifice (Matthew 27:32-56) and 3 days later raised from the dead – conquering death once and for all (Mark 16)!
4. So, as believers, it’s great to know that because of Christ’s work on the cross and His resurrection, we get to spend eternity in heaven with Christ. But doesn’t Easter have more significance than that? Well…yes. Christ’s stripes healed us (Isaiah 53:5). This healing is many things: physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, etc. For those dealing with hurts, hang-ups and habits, He is the greatest source of hope there is!
Would you like to llearn more about how Easter applies to your daily life? If so, check out Celebrate Recovery at 6:30pm Tuesday at First Baptist Orlando and experience Easter – Celebrate Recovery style!