This weekend we will celebrate Easter, honoring the death and resurrection of Jesus. If you are a Christian, then you know what Easter is all about. We were all born sinners. We all fall short. Not one of us is perfect or blameless. God is perfect and we are not, so our sin separates us from Him. We each deserve death and hell. But God loved us too much to allow that. He made a perfect plan to save us.
In the times of the Old Testament, the Jews had to sacrifice a perfect animal for their sins. This was a temporary atonement for their waywardness. Fast forward to the times of the New Testament where we read about Jesus. He was the Holy Son of God. He was perfect. The only man to walk the earth that knew no sin. He came to this earth in order to save us all. He was put to death on a cross. He was our sacrifice. That is why He is called the Lamb of God. He paid for our sins once and for all. But that’s not all. Three days later, He was resurrected. He rose from the dead. This defeated death. This proved He was the Son of God, the Messiah.
Through Jesus, we can be forgiven of our sins. We can walk in a relationship with Him every day. And we can have the gift of Heaven to look forward to when we leave this earth.
But we have to accept Jesus first. We have to acknowledge that He is the Son of God. Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” And in Romans 10:9, Paul said, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Many people pray a prayer to get into Heaven. And while that is part of the deal, that is not the only thing that matters when we pray to accept Jesus into our lives. We are accepting a relationship with Him. We are handing our lives over to Him. And we are saying we will walk with Him every day for the rest of our earthly lives. Your life might not be perfect, but with Jesus by your side, you will have a peace and a joy that cannot be matched.
If you have never accepted Jesus as Savior, I invite you to do so today. (If you want to know how, you can say the prayer found here. And if you need information on next steps after that, contact me here.) This will be the best decision you ever make. This will bring true contentment into your life. And this will bring you hope. In these uncertain times, we all could use hope. And the only way to find true hope is through Jesus.
Once you accept Jesus into your life, it makes you a child of God, adopted into His family. What a glorious feeling to know that the King of kings and Lord of lords loves you and is there for you anytime you need Him. And He will guide your steps every day, if you allow Him to.
I hope you have a happy and blessed Easter Sunday!
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