An Important Easter Message
Easter is a fun time of year. People often visit each other, go on egg hunts, paint eggs, and even decorate their homes for Easter. The Christians though have another reason to celebrate Easter. Easter is a time to remember what Jesus did for us. Do you know what Jesus did for you? Many Americans have a vague idea, but here are the specifics.
- Jesus Created You!
The Bible says that in John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” In the first part of Genesis 1:26 it says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”; God uses “us” and “our” showing that the Trinity was in existence back then. Not multiple gods as some might claim we have, but one God in three parts, like an egg with a yolk, shell, and albumen. God is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and the Bible says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” in Matthew 8: 19.
- Jesus Was Born for You!
Even though God loved us enough to create us, we have disobeyed Him. We have all lied at least once. Many of us have disrespected our parents, “borrowed” something without permission and forgetting to return it, had lustful thoughts, and called people unkind and sinful things. The Bible says in Romans, “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (6:23) and “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (3:23). When a criminal commits a crime, they must be separated from society by being place in prison or jail. God is so perfect though, that any sin requires that we be separated from Him. This place of separation is Hell and eventually the Lake of Fire. God did not want us to have to suffer that though and so He came from Heaven itself and was born as a person. This is Jesus. John 1:14 says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus could have stayed in Heaven if He wanted as He is God, but Jesus loved us enough to be born in a world of sin and endure mistreatment so that we could be with Him again. Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
- Jesus Died for You!
The birth was only the beginning though. Someone had to be punished for breaking God’s law. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death;” in the first part of Romans 6:23. Since God did not want us to pay in Hell, after He was born on earth, He died for us. He was punished so that we would no have to be. It is like a criminal who commits a crime and instead of going to jail, someone else that loves them goes to jail in that person’s place. Jesus though did a lot more than go to jail for us. Jesus was scourged (which means to be whipped with a whip with glass that tore your skin off), He was mocked and spit on, He was abandoned by his friends, and He eventually was literally nailed into a cross. He did this so that we would not have to go to Hell. He took all our sins away when He did this and became sin so that we would no have to suffer Hell. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
- Jesus Rose Again for You!
To prove that Jesus was God, Jesus, after three days of death, came back to life. His disciples saw Him eat food and work miracles. Luke 24 says “And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.” He was physically alive. If He had not risen, everything would have been a hopeless lie, but He rose from the dead and proved to be God and conqueror of sin and death. The first part of 1 Corinthians 6:14 says “And God hath both raised up the Lord,” and first part of Hebrews 11:19 says,”Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead;”
- Now What Will You Do?
Jesus did so much for all people, yet many still reject it. Many believe that Jesus was not God, though the Jesus clearly says John 10:30, “I and [my] Father are one.” Many others believe that they must work, because Jesus was not enough. The Bible in Ephesians 2: 8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:“; to work for salvation is to say that what Jesus suffered was not enough. It is like an insult. Others say that a priest or bishop must forgive their sins, though the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” If you offended God it makes sense that He is the only one that can forgive sins. If you lie to a friend, a different friend can not forgive you in the first ones place. Please accept Jesus’ gift. You don’t have to do anything besides have faith that He is God and that He died for your sins and rose again. It is a like a man who paid a friend’s debt, and all the friend has to do is accept the check. Though no prayer can save you, the Bible says in Romans 10: 9-10, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If you have faith in God, you should be willing to say so, though the prayer does and can not save you.. Please have faith in Him now. There may not be a tomorrow or even another hour left for you. The Bible also says in James 4:14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” If you accept Jesus, Easter will become a new thing, and you will be able to celebrate it with much more happiness!
If you already have long ago accepted Him or just have, there is much more to do. Though we are going to Heaven, many people aren’t. Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” As a Christian you are commanded to tell others. There are many ways to do this including one-on-one discussions, Bible tracts (little pamphlets that tell about Jesus), and inviting people to a church. As a warning you will be persecuted as the 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” as well as in John 15:18 says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.” But when we remember that Jesus did so much for us, we can have the confidence and faith to tell everyone. Please give others a reason to celebrate Easter!
Some types of tracts are:
Chick Tracts: They are comic style and deal with almost all religions that are not true Christians, as well as evolution and atheism. They also show where you can find the information on the religion or scientific theory elsewhere, so they use good sources! You can also get them in several different languages.
Fellowship League Tracts: They say what the basic gospel is, similar to above. They have many different covers such as: Death Happens Every Day, Thank You for Your Hospitality, and Eternal Life is a Free Gift! Though they are simple and usually have a small theme.
Local Church Tracts: They often say on one side how to get to the church and on the other has a very basic gospel explanation. They are often very simple and are more intended to let people know about church than salvation, but still explain salvation.
Make sure that whatever tract you use tells the gospel story correctly. If it says something that the Bible clearly says is not true, such as working to go to Heaven or that you must be forgiven by a priest, it could hinder a person rather than bring them to Jesus.
I hope you do have a happy Easter and that you are now a Christian! If you have any questions (genuine ones preferably, not antagonistic ones) about the article, salvation, or living as a Christian, please ask. Also it is fine if you share the article elsewhere.