The Easter Story
Good Friday and Easter are the hallmark celebration of the Christian life. The one event that makes everything that we do and everything that happens to us make sense and understandable. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death may have thought he had Him, but on that great third day He rose, and He lives today!
The glorious message of those two days is the core of the Gospel we live for. On Good Friday, we commemorate the darkest day in history – when Almighty God laid on His Son the sins of all humanity. Jesus Christ went to the cross so that those who trust in Him wouldn’t have to live in the darkness, bondage, and death sentence of sin. When He said from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30, ESV), that was just the beginning. Believers in Jesus Christ live for the Easter story. The Easter Story is the celebration of the resurrection from the death of Jesus, three days after he was executed.
After Jesus had been crucified on Friday, known as Good Friday, His body was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave tomb. Roman soldiers guarded the tomb, and a massive stone was used to cover the entrance so that no one could steal the body, especially His disciples.
On Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene, followed later by some of Jesus’ disciples visited the tomb and found that the stone had been moved and that Jesus body was gone. Jesus was seen that day by Mary and the disciples, and for forty days afterward by many people. His followers soon realized that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Satan was defeated, death no longer has a sting,
The Easter celebration marks the end of Holy Week, in which we Christians commemorate the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus had his last meal with his disciples on the evening of a Thursday (commemorated as Holy Thursday). He was arrested during the night, tried Friday morning (Good Friday), condemned, crucified, and died before sundown on Friday. According to the Gospel accounts, he was bodily raised from the dead on the third day — Sunday, the day of Easter.In the end, the meaning of Easter is as simple as it seems: it says that life triumphs over death. Our celebration is "Yes," Jesus died a horrific dead for each of us. However, HE ROSE! HE IS ALIVE!Let us know how you are celebrating Resurrection Day below!