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During this time of year, many people will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And once again, Satan has moved in and put a shroud over the crucifixion of Christ so that what truly is most important has been hid from view by flowers, soft pastel colors, and Easter baskets filled with chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies. But the reality is, no amount of “sweat treats” are going to cover up this sin soaked, blood stained event. Death must precede resurrection and the death of Christ on the cross was a frightening affair. This wasn’t a sinful man who was dying; it was the sinless Son of God “Who did no sin.” (1 Peter 2:22) Jesus didn’t deserve to die for He never sinned against God as we have. Yet He knows what awaits the fallen sinner: judgment, wrath, and eternal damnation in hell. Jesus described hell as a place “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:44) Punishment in hell is everlasting and Jesus carried His cross, along with your sins, up the hill of Calvary to the place of death in order to save you from this never ending horror.
Many people will casually acknowledge that Jesus died for their sins on “Good Friday”, never truly grasping the reality of what took place. What took place on Calvary was far from a “Good Friday” service. There wasn’t a warm and comfortable church or any priest or pastor giving a nice sermon up on this hill. There wasn’t any choir heard on this day. This was “Frightening Friday”; blood was flowing, words were uttered in agony by Jesus from the cross. God’s fist was clenched as His heavy hand of wrath came down upon His sinless Son as the judgment for the sins of the world fell upon Him. Darkness covered the land for 3 hours and a great earthquake struck as Jesus was abandoned by God the Father and left to die alone. (Matthew 27:45-51) “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54) For many, what took place on “Good Friday” was anything but “good” and instead is a message of death. For those who refuse to turn from their sins and receive Jesus as their Savior, the death of Jesus on the cross for their sins will be a judgment against them on the day of judgment. Jesus warned those who rejected Him, “ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Since Jesus died for your sins, it is perfectly just for God to let you to die in your sins and suffer eternal punishment if you reject His Son; “This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14&15) But there is hope because the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also…
When some of the women followers of Jesus came to His tomb 3 days after His death, they didn’t find an Easter basket filled with candy. They met an angel who spoke these words to them: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” (Luke 24:5&6) A tomb only holds the dead and Christ had risen! Jesus dealt the final death blow to death itself so that all who come to Him seeking mercy and forgiveness of sins will not have to suffer the second death: an eternity in the lake of fire. Satan’s power and claim over the ownership of your soul has been cut off by the resurrected Christ. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23) and Satan wants to make sure you pay your debt in full in the lake of fire. He is trying to do everything he can to trip you up and keep you from coming to Jesus because He knows the second half of that verse says, “...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Jesus paid for your sins; He tasted death for everyone so He could resurrect to eternal life any who come to Him seeking to be saved from the power and dominion of sin and judgment to come. As Jesus says, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)
During this time of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, beware of treating it as just another holiday of fun and family gatherings. Don’t let Satan put a hook in your jaw and turn your head away from the issue of your sinfulness and the bloody sacrifice of Jesus for those sins. Forget the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs; instead, remember your sins. Confess them to God and make a decision to turn from sin to the risen Christ. “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity [sin] shall not be your ruin.” (Ezekiel 18:30) Call on Him today and place your trust in Him as your Lord and Savior. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)