Devotional: The Meaning Of Easter
Christian Easter Devotion
Many people are wondering what Easter actually
means, as the true meaning of Easter has been
lost. What I can tell you is it isn't about cute
little fluffy chickens, nor does it have anything
to do with Easter bunnies. It isn't even about
Easter eggs. Although an egg can represent 'new
life' because new life hatches from the egg, and
Jesus was resurrected on the third day - giving
us new life in Him. But just like Christmas, the
real meaning has been forgotten. For those of us who are Christians, we understand what Easter is
all about. But for those who haven't experienced
this 'new life' in Jesus, I want to share with
you the Easter story.
In Old Testament times, the priest would bring
bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any
blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering
for himself and for the people. The blood would
purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends)
for their sins. This was the old order of atonement.
When Jesus came, He was a representation of the
sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the
world. He was the final sacrifice. We no longer
have to sacrifice animals to make atonement for
our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all.
It's His blood that cleanses us from all sin.
He was crucified on the cross (the form of
execution in those days). The sin of the world
was upon Him, yet He was without sin and
blameless. He bore it all. This is why Jesus
is referred to as the 'Lamb of God'. He was
bodily resurrected (came back to life) on
the third day. He appeared to many - eating
and drinking with them. He appeared to them
for 40 days, then ascended (went up to)
Heaven. Acts 1: 1-11
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