The true message of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and marks the beginning of a new covenant between God and man. It was truly a colossal event in Bible history.
Satan had lied and tricked Adam and Eve into sinning, causing them to be cast out of the Garden of Eden and all of mankind to be separated from God, and condemned to Hell.
Then God confronted Satan and told him that One of Eve's offspring would one day restore His people, and that he, Satan, would be cast into a lake of fire, (Gen 3:15).
God loved mankind, so He sent His prophets to tell them that He would send a Savior, the Messiah, or "Anointed One." The Messiah arrived in the form of a baby, and His name was Jesus.
Jesus had been given an assignment by God to save the world from their sins, and He had obeyed.
He healed the sick, cast out demons, and condemned the false leaders of His people; gave His life for the sins of all mankind, so that all who would believe in Him could have Eternal Life, (John 5 24).
Historical records abound attesting to the life of Jesus. The fact that He lived is one of the most proven facts in history.
Shortly before His arrest Jesus offered a very special prayer often referred to as, “The Great Intercessory Prayer.”
Many Scholars consider this prayer to be a conversation between Jesus and His Father, God, with Jesus speaking His requests into existence.
First, He prayed for Himself:
That the Father would receive Him back into Heaven, and that He would receive the glory He had before the world began. (John 17:4-5).
Then He prayed for His Disciples:
That the Father would protect, guide and be with them as they delivered His message. (John 17:18).
Then he prayed for all Christians:
He prayed for each child of God to have the same unity as exists between He and the Father. A unity, which allows for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a oneness with God, (John 17:20-21).
Later that day, Jesus was hung on a cross until dead. Near the point of death He said with a loud voice, "It is finished!" (John 19:30).
Upon His death Heaven and Earth were shaken with violent earthquakes, and the earth was covered with darkness. People who had previously died were seen walking about; and the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom.
The torn veil was to signify that the Spirit of God would no longer be in the Ark that had been kept in the back of the Temple as the Most Holy of Holies under the "Old Covenant."
Under the "New Covenant" the Spirit is placed in every born again Believer. The Followers of Jesus are now His Tabernacle, (His Church).
(Luke 23:45, Matt 27:45-53).
Jesus had executed the mission given Him by His Father, and in doing so had opened the "Kingdom of Heaven" to all who would receive Him.
He was the new Passover Lamb. Never again would there be a need for animal sacrifice. The Lamb of God had shed His blood once and for all!
Mary had gotten up early to visit the grave of Jesus, but to her surprise the body of Jesus was missing. In His place were angels, real angels, and they said to her, “He is not here, He is risen." (Matt 28:6).
Surely the words of the angels at the empty tomb, “He is not here, but is risen,” are among the most significant words ever spoken, (Luke 24:6),
Jesus had paid it all! His life, death, burial and resurrection ushered in a new plan of Salvation for humankind. This better and more perfect way was God’s "New Covenant" with His people.
Salvation and Eternal life were now available to anyone who would believe and accept Jesus as their Savior.
Every time we take the bread & drink the cup of the New Covenant we are proclaiming that Jesus is the Messiah, the Lamb of God, and Savior of the world.
No longer does mankind need to be separated from God.
Nicodemus was a Scholar and Bible teacher of the Old Testament, yet had never heard that the Holy Spirit of God would enter into a person.
He could not understand what it meant to be born again, and he asked Jesus, “how is it possible?”
We do not know the words Jesus used, but we know He explained to Nicodemus the Plan of Salvation under the New Covenant:
Perhaps He told him that when an individual believes, and asks the Lord Jesus to come into his life, that the Spirit of God immediately enters in and he/she is then a born again Believer. God then calls them His Children, and they call Him, Father!
The act of God indwelling man separates Christianity from every religion in the world.
The chief priests and Pharisee's had tried to stop the inevitable, but neither Roman soldiers, government seals, nor large stones could prevent the King of Kings and Lord of Lords from accomplishing His mission.
Jesus is the true message of Easter, and Because Of Him mankind can have a relationship with their Creator, and be with Him for eternity.
Easter brings hope, new beginnings, and Eternal Life, made possible by the One who loved us enough to die in our place, Jesus Christ.
To much of the world Easter is only a tradition celebrated by colored Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny. To the Followers of Christ, the true message of Easter proclaims the greatest act of love known to man.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10,)
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6).
Matthew 12:40 - For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Luke 24:39-43 - Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have
Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
John 6:47 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
God's infinite love for mankind is the true message of Easter, a love that will continue into Eternity.
Samuel L Mills
The Commandments of Jesus