Happy Easter. Today I want to share from my heart as to why the resurrection is necessary and why it is so important for us to celebrate the fact that our Savior is Risen!!!!
Death came into existence because of sin. In Genesis 3, we see death come into the picture through the sin of Adam & Eve. We also see Cain killing his brother Abel and then throughout chapter 6 the genealogy is based on "and he died". We see God set law into order as well as the requirement of sacrifices that require blood in order to get forgiveness of sin. All throughout the Bible we see death connected to sin. In Romans 6:23 we are told “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God knew we were going to need redemption because our sin was going to bring about death. When God created us, death was never in the picture. Death did not come along until sin arrived on the scene. And God in His great love for us, had a plan for our redemption. He knew that when the time was right He would send His son as a man to come to earth to be the final sacrifice for us. His blood would cover all of our sins — He would be the ultimate and final sacrifice!!!!
But the story does not stop at the cross. To fully understand the necessity & importance of the resurrection, we must realize that God had to turn His back on His only Son because at that time, Jesus was bearing every sin of every person from the beginning of time until He returns. So you see, God had no choice but to resurrect Jesus. For without the resurrection, God & His Son would forever be separated! Without the resurrection, death would not be conquered! And remember, God never intended for death to be in the picture nor did He ever intend to be eternally separated from His Son!
The death of Jesus gives us forgiveness of our sins through His blood, but it is His resurrection that gives us the hope & promise of eternal life!!!!
I pray that all of you can say that you have this promise of eternal life—that you have accepted and believe in the death, burial & resurrection of the one true Lord & Savior! Below is part of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs about the resurrection — Arise My Love by Newsong.
Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell; has been defeated.
The grave could not hold the king.
Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer
has a hold on you
No more death's sting
No more suffering
Arise... Arise... Arise
Rejoice in knowing that Jesus is Alive!!!!!