For most kids and adults, Easter is a time for bunnies, colored eggs and baskets full of chocolate and candy. Easter is one of the biggest holidays for chocolate and candy sales. More and more I see decorations of colored eggs hung in trees and inflatable bunnies in people’s yards much like they do at Christmas time with Santa and other secular decorations.
But do you know what Easter is really about and what it has to do with Creation?
In Genesis 1-2 we read where God created the earth, land, seas, plants, Sun, moon, stars, and creatures that swam and flew, land animals and man. After God created man, He pronounced that everything was VERY GOOD. That meant there was no disease, suffering or death. Adam had a personal relationship with God. It was a perfect world.
In Genesis 3, we read where Adam sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam sinned, everything changed. God cursed the serpent for his role in deceiving Eve. He cursed Eve for being tempted by the serpent and encouraging Adam to eat the fruit. He cursed Adam because Adam chose to disobey God and decide for himself what was right or wrong. Then God also cursed all of Creation.
When Adam sinned, he no longer had a personal relationship with God. God is holy and righteous and cannot tolerate or associate with sin. Adam’s sin also brought disease, suffering and death into all of creation. Death is the penalty for sin. Every living thing dies because of Adam’s sin.
When Adam sinned, God clothed Adam and Eve with garments made from animal skins (Gen. 3:21). The Bible doesn’t tell us what animal God sacrificed to cover Adam and Eve, but some of us think that it could have been a lamb, because later on God directed Moses to use a pure unblemished (no flaws or spots) lamb as a sacrifice for sin. Later on, Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God which was to be sacrificed for all of our sins.
According to God, only the shedding of innocent blood could cleanse us from our sins. Lambs and bulls were used for centuries, but God had promised to send His own Son to earth, to live a sinless life and then be the perfect sacrifice and have His blood shed for all of our sins. Jesus was not only to take on all of our sins, but He was to take God’s punishment for our sins upon Himself.
If that is all Jesus had to do was die on the Cross, then all we would be doing is worshipping a dead hero. How could we know that Jesus was really the Son of God if He just died and was buried? That would make Him no different than any other man.
In Mark 8:31 it tells us:
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Jesus not only had to die for our sins, but He also had to rise from the dead and ascend into heaven where He lives forever. Had Jesus not risen from the dead, it would have meant that He was a liar and not the Son of God. If that were true, there would be no Christian faith and we would have no Savior or hope of eternal salvation.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the ultimate thing that makes Christianity true and separates it from all other religions.
The resurrection of Jesus is the single most important event in Christianity and this is what we should be celebrating at Easter.
But what does all this have to do with Creation?
The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ only means anything if the accounts in Genesis about God’s creation of a perfect world and man’s sin that ruined that world are true. If there Adam wasn’t a real person, then death would not be a penalty for sin. If death was not a penalty for sin, then why did Jesus have to die for us?
On this Easter or Resurrection Day as I like to refer to it as, I hope and pray you focus your attention on the Cross and remember that Jesus died their for you and me and that He rose from the dead and is in heaven preparing a place for us. Our belief in Jesus as our Savior is the only way to assure us of spending eternity with Him in heaven. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus or have never prayed to ask Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior, please ask your parents, grandparents or pastor for help. If you have no one to turn to for help, then pray this simple prayer:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins and open my heart to receive you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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As I wish you the most joyous Resurrection Day possible, I would like to share with you the words to my favorite Resurrection Hymn:
Up from the Grave He Arose (Low in the Grave He Lay)
Words & Music: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899
1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
by Joel Beeke and Heidi Boorsma
Using the alphabet as a guide, this book provides 26 devotional meditations for young children (ages 49), based on Bible texts that children can easily memorize. Gods Alphabet for Life stresses that, like adults, children must be born again, come by faith and repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ, and live lives of thankfulness to God for His great salvation.
Here is a great resource for parents wondering where to start with training their children. I highly recommend Gods Alphabet for Life as an excellent tool for communicating truth your children will grow into and never outgrow. Dr. Tedd Tripp (author, Shepherding a Child’s Heart)