Have you ever wondered why everyone dresses up on Easter Sunday? Some people do it out of tradition or for attention, but I believe it is because of the bigness of the occasion. On this occasion, we like to show people the beauty and goodness behind the meaning of Easter: REDEMPTION.
So, what’s the big deal about Easter? Easter is not about the eggs. It is not about the food. It is not about the Easter bunny. Easter is about so much more. Easter is about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection!
On Good Friday, Jesus was crucified on a rugged, wooden cross (John 19:18). On this day, Jesus took every ounce of punishment for my sin… He took my beating, my tears, my rejection, my shortcomings, my transgressions, my accusations, my unfaithfulness, and my death. This was the day God paid for the debt (sin) that we [sinners] owed in FULL by the blood of His son, Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8).
But Jesus didn’t stay dead. On Sunday, the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty! Jesus was no longer there (John 20:1-2)! Because of this day, eternal life is granted to all who believe in Him (John 3:15).
Easter is not about us. Easter is about the sacrifice God made. Our Abba Father loves us SO much that He gave His only son, Jesus, to be crucified and to take our punishment on the cross. As Jesus took a sip of His last drink, He said “It is Finished” (John 19:30). Jesus gave up His life so that we could be forgiven of our sin and have eternal life with Him and the Father. What is so profound is that God had to pay in full for our debt of sin, but we get the gift of salvation and grace for FREE. Think about a time you bought the best gift for someone and couldn’t wait to see the smile on their face. God is extending you the gift of freedom and salvation today through His son Jesus with so much excitement! All you have to do is accept it!
So, what are you wearing on Easter Sunday? The best tie or the best dress? Frankly, I might be wearing a dress, but I’ll also be clothed in Jesus’ righteousness. You see, because King Jesus is RISEN, He takes our filthy rags of sin and offers us His robes of righteousness.
Luke 24:6-7 - “6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’
John 14:6 - “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.””
John 3:16 - “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 10:9 - “9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”