Church: Easter is about the resurrection

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Jesus is the real reason

Easter is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While many Americans celebrate with bunnies and eggs, buffets and Easter baskets, many of us will find our way to churches, where we can celebrate the resurrection of Christ which guaranteed our salvation and our resurrection.
When we put our faith in Christ, we are putting our faith in His life as an example for us, His death on the cross as our deliverance from sin, and His resurrection as a guarantee of our vic­tory over death and our eternal life with Him in heaven.
Jesus told His disciples in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”
As the apostle Paul was living for Christ and preaching the Word after the resurrection, he wrote in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
We, as Christians, believe by faith that these words are true and that, with Christ living and working in and through us, we can do anything that He calls us to do.
We don’t understand how Christ’s death on the cross can bring forgiveness and deliverance from all the sin in our lives. Instead, we accept by faith that His Word (the Bible) is true and that, even though we do not deserve such love and grace, we gladly receive His sacrifice on the cross and enjoy the freedom from sin and the habits that destroy our lives that He bought for us on the cross.
As Christ died on the cross and walked out of the grave, the church was about to be born. Just before ascending into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit would come and give birth to the church.
For 2,000 years the church has been a power­ful force for good and for the benefit of all mankind. The church has had it’s problems down through the centuries, but when the church stays close to and stays true to the Bible, they have had a positive influence on the world.
When Jesus walked out of the grave, He reminded us that there is coming a day when we will be done with these imperfect bodies we possess in this life.
We will die physically and be dead to this world, but we will be only beginning the biggest and possibly the best part of our real life. We can be sure that there is a perfect and indestructible body waiting for us as we leave this world. That perfect body, with a perfect mind will spend eternity in either heaven or hell.
Where you and I spend eternity is determined by the choice we make as we live on this earth. Easter is a celebration of death, resurrection, and the gift of eternal life with God that has been made available to us through Christ’s sacrifice.
While it is available to us we must accept and embrace it. You can be rich, poor, tall, short, male, female, any number or combination of col­ors, and still eternal life in heaven is available to you through the blood of Christ. Church mem­bership, a great family, or even living a good life doesn’t buy you a place in heaven.
The Bible is clear in Acts 4:12 when it says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  Jesus told His disciples in John 14, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” God made is as easy as He could for us to find forgiveness and eternal life. All we have to do is choose to accept Christ.
As you celebrate Easter, enjoy the eggs, the bunnies, the chocolate, the brunch or buffet, but most of all find a church where you can celebrate with God’s people the true meaning of this most wonderful holiday.
May God bless you richly as you seek to know Him better.

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