What's the big deal?!
Is it the bunnies? Pretty colored eggs? Baskets with goodies and gifts? Why do we make sure we take the family to church? What makes Easter so special?
The world may say it's because that's when the Easter Bunny comes, just like Christmas is when Santa Claus comes. Christians however, know that the REAL big deal is that there was a man who was brutally beaten and crucified and was stuck in a cave tomb. Then, true to His word, He rose from the dead.
And this "man", known to Christians as Jesus, made the grandest statement of all proving once and for all He truly is the Son of God.
So, the big deal to you and I is that Jesus' death paid a penalty that we could not and eliminated forever the need for priests and sacrifices to pay the debt for our sin. The curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from people was torn from top to bottom; God made a statement that said "No longer does sin need to separate my children from Me." Jesus' resurrection defeated death, so that death no longer has power over anyone. God proved His ultimate power and control be defeating even death.
And the hope for us is that we no longer need to fear death, because our physical death can now simply be the doorway into eternal ife in heaven. The alternative? Our physical death marks the end of the best and the beginning of eternity separated from God.
The bonus? We get to get to experience just a glimpse of that right now. The catch? None. It is a gift from God to anyone who will accept it. The cost? Your life. You give Him your life, He gives you His; He becomes the Master of your life and He gives you unconditional love and forgiveness.
Defeating death? Forgiveness? Unconditional love? FOREVER?!
Now THAT'S a big deal!
The first thing Jesus said to His disciples was "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." This same charge has been given to us. We are to be made into fishers of men so others can be made into fishers of men. This is the purpose behind the Great Commission. We do this by living the Great Commandments. The Great Commandments are:
- Love the Lord your God
with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus Himself said all the law and prophets rest on these two commandments.
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