Salvation is the meaning of Easter
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his son into the world to condemn it, but to save it" (John 3:16-17).
The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago.
The disciples and Jesus spent three years together and he taught them the things they needed to know in order to serve God after he left to be with the father in Heaven.
As Jesus hung on the cross, he looked out at the people who hated him, beat him and nailed him to a cross to die, and he asked the Father to forgive them.
Many have heard about Jesus many times, but do they truly receive the meaning of this story? Many thought that his death on the cross was the end — but it was only the beginning.
After three days, Jesus rose from the dead and was alive. After spending more time with the disciples and others, he was lifted up into the clouds and went to Heaven to be at the right side of the Father.
It is up to us now — Do we believe Jesus died for us to be saved? That he rose from the dead and now waits for us to call out to him and ask for forgiveness?
If we do, then there is one more thing for us to do — choose to accept Jesus as Savior and pray, “Lord Jesus, I believe you gave your life to save mine, and I ask you to forgive me. I am sorry for my sins and sorry that you had to suffer and die for what I did wrong. Please forgive me. Come into my life and take control. Thank you for forgiving me and please help me to be what you want me to be. Amen.”
This prayer is the meaning of Easter. Jesus gave his life so we can have life free from sin forgiven with the promise of life everlasting.
Ray Brown is an ordained chaplain through the Daily Blessing Ministry. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.