The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
By Elaine Slater Reese
If someone were to ask you today to describe how you and your family celebrate Easter, what would your answer be? We have purchased the things we need - Easter candy, Easter grass, Easter baskets, Easter eggs, the Easter ham. We have invited all our guests.
Others might answer that they don't celebrate this holiday. Still others may say, "We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! For us, it is the most significant holiday of all. " These people are called Christians because they believe that all have sinned - the only one without sin is God's son Jesus.
God sent His Son to earth where he was crucified on a wooden cross. His blood shed on that cross paid the price for your sins and for mine. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, when we die our spirit will be in Heaven because the debt has already been paid.
The Bible says if we have chosen not to accept Christ as our Savior, we still owe the debt for our sin. We will not enter the Heavenly Gates but for eternity will endure separation from God - the greatest punishment of all.
Today we live in a world where some have never had the opportunity to even hear these words. But many, many more choose to not believe or to ignore Jesus Christ and the price He has paid for each of us.
We live in a world filled with THINGS and so long as life is going smoothly, we don't seem to sense a need for God. We have our smart phones, computers, and all the many other kinds of technological equipment today for communication.
Prayer (talking with God) is just for those strange people.
Many people have never read any part of the Bible (God's word). Many have never been inside a church except perhaps for weddings or funerals.
God just asks that you acknowledge that you have sinned and to accept Jesus as your Savior. If you mean those words, you will desire to read the word of the Lord and serve Him. God does not want you to be separated from Him for eternity.
Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is when we celebrate that Jesus arose on the third day after His crucifixion. HE IS NOT DEAD!
This may all sound very complicated to those who do not have the Savior in their lives and hearts. God will never force this upon you. He has given us each a choice.
It is ours to accept Jesus or ignore or reject Him. Our choice will determine our future for eternity.