Does your family celebrate Easter?
For some, it is the only day of the year that they set foot in a church.
Easter is certainly a wonderful Holiday; perhaps the most significant for us as Christians.
When your non-Christian friends (or your kids) ask you why it is such a big deal, what will you tell them?
- Matthew 27-28
- Mark 15-16
- Luke 23-24
- John 18-20
- 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
- Isaiah 53:4-6
- Romans 6:23
- Hebrews 9:15
- Galatians 2:10
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
- John 5:24
- Romans 10:13
- Romans 10:9-10
- Titus 3:4-6
Q1) Now that you’ve refreshed yourself on the Easter story, why is it so important?
As Paul said:
“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”
Q2) So why is the resurrection so critical to the Christian faith?
In fact, when Christ died on the cross, he was taking onto himself our sins.
Here is how Isaiah said it (700 years or so before it happened):
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
So. Without HIM being “pierced for our transgressions,” we would still owe God a debt of death as a just payment for our own sins (Romans 6:23).
Instead, we have been redeemed by His death:
“Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
Q3) So Christ sacrificed his life in order to pay for my transgressions (sins). What should I do about it?
As the result of His sacrifice and payment for our sins, we are now called to a NEW life in Him:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
Q4) What does Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus have to do with a Butterfly?
Did you ever consider that every time we see a butterfly, we can remember Christ’s birth, life, and death as well as the great plan of salvation that is woven throughout the Bible?
Just as Christ rose from the dead, rolled away the Stone and emerged – victorious over death and sin, the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis as a new creature.
In the same way, WE [who believe] are also a NEW creation when we hear and believe God’s Word.
“…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Q5) I am glad that we have such a loving God. But how can such a loving God forgive me (the vile sinner that I am)?
Many people believe that they are not worthy of this much love. And, in fact, they are correct! BUT, and this the Good News, the guarantee of renewal and rebirth doesn’t depend on the worth of the believer. In other words, we can not be worthy no matter how “right before God,” we think we may be.
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
Instead, it depends on the perfection of Christ’s worth. He pays the penalty of death on our behalf (free gift – prepaid for us). Did didn’t do anything to earn this gift.
Through His Word He has guaranteed that:
“…WHOEVER hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.”
“EVERYONE who calls on the Name of the Lord WILL BE saved!”
Note those two verses don’t say, “Everyone who is good enough,” or “Whoever is ‘right before God’!”
Instead, it Boils down to this simple truth:
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Next time your family sees a butterfly, why don’t you use it as an opportunity to point out the wonderful riches of God’s salvation.
Butterfly Crafts for your Sunday School or Homeschool Class
You may be thinking that you’d like to share this good news with your friends.
If that is the case – you can click on the link below to get a t-shirt with this message and image for only $16 (with free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member)!
These shirts will only be available at this price for a limited time, so get yours today.
The Humble Ant
Have an artist in your family?
We would like to offer our readers and their families the opportunity to Partner With Us by providing their own original art and/or devotional recommendations as we consider future content.
Just want to LOOK at beautiful art? – That’s understandable – simply Like The Humble Ant on Facebook to see her stuff in your FB feed.