Easter…What’s the Big Deal?

Posted: April 1, 2010 in Seasonal
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Easter.  “What’s the big deal?” you may ask. “Beyond bunnies, eggs, and chocolate – is there something deeper that would really impact my life?  There is the whole thing about Jesus.  He died on a cross; he was buried for three days; he came back to life.  But what does that have to do with me?”

 Have you ever experienced the loss of something you loved: A relationship gone bad; loss of a job; the death of a dream; or maybe…the loss of someone you cared for more than anything else? 

 Loss in any form is painful.  Even for God.  That may seem bold for me to declare, but I believe it’s true.  Why else would God sacrifice his own Son, unless the relationship He desires with us meant everything to Him?

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 The celebration of Easter is no big deal without the recognition of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because the process of the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus was God’s way of restoring what was most important to Him; namely…you and me.

Easter may just be a holiday for many.  But the Resurrection…that was the final act of a three part play in which God said, “I made you, I love you, and I want you back.”

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17

  1. jason says:

    good word brother. you must be some sorta preacher or somethin’!

  2. Paul D says:

    Harlan, You wrote a very thought-provoking statement in this. . . “Loss in any form is painful. Even for God” I don’t usually think about how God experiences pain. I tend to only think of my own pain. Yet the Easter that we celebrate was when God experienced the same pain we did. He had to allow and watch His own Son be brutally beaten and hung on a cross to die for us. If it was easy and void of pain for Him, it would not have been such an immense expression of love toward us. Love ya bro.

  3. Masters says:

    Harlan … Just nice to hear from you .
    I really like the site.
    The message beats the site but it is all good.
    May the Lord Jesus bless your Easter Sunday , family , ministry
    and may he always go before you and his presence surround you for the glory of the kingdom

  4. Gigi Mc says:

    “But the Resurrection…that was the final act of a three part play in which God said, “I made you, I love you, and I want you back.”

    Harlan, this is so cleverly plain… true… God’s coup de grace.

    Before I even knew He made me, while I was still struggling with school’s doctrine of evolution, I so desperately wanted to be wanted.
    Imagine the walls that tumbled down in my life when someone cared enough to share that truth with me…God wanted me back.

    Good post Brother.

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