It's about lives. Our lives. It's about God's unconditional love for us. That love makes everything about our lives as believers new.
It's about forgiveness. God's forgiveness of our evil (yes, the e word!) natures. We are empowered to live our lives free from condemnation and bitterness, if we accept His forgiveness, which gives us the ability to forgive others.
It's about Jesus, and what He did for us. If you're a believer, you already know. If you're not, you can be.
"But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Jesus the Anointed One died for us."
We don't have to make ourselves acceptable; in point of fact, we cannot. If we could, then Jesus' death was for no reason.
God accepts us the way we are, warts and all, because of what Jesus did. All we have to do is believe that.
Most Christian churches make a HUGE deal of the occasion, and it IS important to remember that we serve a risen Savior.
One difference between most churches and mine was (and is) that we remember His resurrection all the time - not just once a year.
His resurrection from death is the point.
As that other Paul put it, "just as one sin (disobedience to God) resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act (Jesus' punishment and execution for mankind's sins) resulted in justification and life for all people." (Romans 5:18) We have hope precisely because Jesus overcame sin and death, took our punishment in our place, and has granted life to us.
HE IS RISEN!
|The cross is shown 'empty', because Jesus isn't there any more. That's the GOOD news!|