Somebody Has to Die!
With Easter weekend around the corner I have began to think about the meaning of Easter. Some people associate Easter with bunnies, colorful eggs, baby chickens; in other words the celebration of spring. As great as those epic Easter egg hunts were growing up, Easter is about death and then life. It is strange that I mentioned death before life. However, as a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, that brought the human race into sin, we are condemned to eternal death (i.e. Hell). I’m sure nobody wants eternal death, right? I’m sure we would flock to a solution that does not involve us dying. But the reality is Sin demands death, so somebody has to die. Now imagine this:
I just told a lie. Here comes Satan dragging me to the center of the town square and places a noose around my neck in preparation for my execution. Mean while all his demons begin chanting “somebody has to die, somebody has to die!” Suddenly out of the crowd of demons steps forth a man wearing a white hoodie (Yes, in my mind Jesus wears a hoodie lol). He removes the hood off His head and introduces Himself to me, “hello my name is Jesus, the Son of God.” The demons hiss and Jesus proposes this question to me, “would you like me to die for you?” Though shocked at His question I immediately say “yes!” The demons push me aside and quickly seize Jesus. Satan mocking Jesus says “being hung is not a suitable death for the Son of God, let us crucify Him!” I watch as Jesus is whipped and tormented on the cross and all He says to me is “you are forgiven and receive my eternal life.” I stand in amazement thinking “this man just took my punishment so that I won’t have to. He received death so that I can receive life.”
See my friends this is what Easter is really about, Jesus saying “I am willing to pay the price so that you can live.” If you are reading and you have not received Jesus’ gift of eternal life I propose this question, “would you like for Jesus to die for you?” If yes, all you have to do is truly believe Jesus die for you and then you will be bound for eternal life. In closing, as we do our traditional Easter activities let us remember we celebrate Easter to honor Jesus’ sacrifice.
“Worthy Is The Lamb” by Hillsong Live
Written by: Brandon Render
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