Some friends and I are doing an Easter Blogging Bash – we’re all posting Easter posts on various topics today. Check out the links at the bottom of this post to see the rest of the Easter Blog Bash posts!
It is Easter Season once again. Easter is when we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. However, (obviously) His Resurrection wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t died first. That is what I will be covering in my post.
So, why did Jesus come to die? Well, that starts a long, long time ago. About 10,000 years ago, in fact. God created the universe out of nothing, and it only took him a week (Genesis 1). Then man sinned by disobeying God and ruined the perfect world God created. Death entered the world for the first time, man could no longer live forever, because the world was broken. Man went after his own desires, not God’s will or what was best for others. Things got so terrible that God had to punish the earth by killing all living things in a worldwide flood (Genesis 6-8). However, he spared eight people, Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, who still tried to please God in the way they lived. After the flood, they had children and grandchildren and began to “fill the earth and subdue it,” (Genesis 1:28) as got had commanded them too. For the next 6 to 8 thousand years of history (Pronounced ‘HIS-story’ by the way) God guided his chosen people, the Jews, through many trials, protecting them because it was from their lineage that he would send… we’ll get to that.
Most of the well-known characters in the Bible are from the Jewish line. Including King David. Around A.D. zero, Caesar Augustus declared that all Roman provinces, including Israel, should be counted and taxed. At this point, our attention is drawn to two normal, seemingly insignificant people, Mary and Joseph. Both descendants of David. They went to Bethlehem to be taxed, “and while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn…” Sound familiar? That’s straight from Luke 2, the most complete, and accurate, account of Jesus’ birth. For the next thirty years, Jesus lived with his parents. Then he began preaching. After three years, he was killed by the Romans. End of story? Not hardly.
Now, onto the actual meaning of this post, the significance of Christ’s Death.
Though it may seem that Jesus didn’t lay down His life he just got killed, that is not the case. Jesus could have just stayed in heaven. And, He had multiple opportunities to prevent His death. (See one of them in John 18:10-11).
In the book of Romans, Chapter five, verses seven and eight it says “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus laid down his life before we were even ‘good people’! He loved us enough that he would die for a bunch of sinners. Would you do that? Would you be willing to die for a bunch of stealing, lying, cursing thugs like us? I certainly wouldn’t want to. We now live in the joy and hope that we are forgiven for what we’ve done and can live forever with Him in heaven. This is why His death was so significant! Because without Him dying for us we could never make up what we needed!
Thank you for reading!
Here are the rest of the EBB 2013 posts:
Hannah Posted about Easter Crafts.
Justin posted about the History of Easter.
Becca posted about the Significance of Christ’s Resurrection.