He Is Risen!
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
We just celebrated Easter. Some Christians now refer to Easter only as Resurrection Day. But whatever you call the day, however you celebrate the day, the only reason we call this day holy is to honor the One who conquered death. We celebrate our Savior who could not be confined to the grave. Jesus Christ won the battle on that day when He died on the cross, announced to all, "It is finished," and rose again three days later! Hallelujah, He is risen!
The other day I was in the car with my kids, and out of the blue, my very thoughtful eleven-year-old asked a very interesting question. She said, "Mom, what if we didn't celebrate Easter with the Easter Bunny and Christmas with Santa Claus? What would those days be like?" I thought about that for a moment and then I said that I thought they would be much more focused on Jesus. Immediately she declared, "Yes, I think I would like that very much!" Out of the mouths of babes.
No matter how you celebrated Easter Sunday, the celebration shouldn't end on Monday morning. What Christ did for us is a cause to celebrate every day! Without His sacrifice on the cross, we would not have the opportunity to receive His gift. Without His sacrifice on the cross and our willingness to surrender our lives to Him, we would all be doomed to hell. Harsh, but true. Romans tells us we are all sinners and that sin separates us from God. But, because our Father loves you and me more than we can fathom, He sent His Son into the world to die on a cross so we can live! And because Jesus is God, He can not be held in a grave! Praise God! He is alive!
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:8-11 NKJV)