Read: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (NIV)
Reflect: In his proclamation, John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God” – a sacrificial offering from God. To me, Easter is about Jesus’ sacrifice and his ultimate resurrection; he overcame death, so I could have freedom. Therefore, Easter is a celebration of freedom from the certain death of living a life without Jesus.
In NYC, they took their cameras to the street and asked people: “What are we celebrating on Easter?” There were many humorous responses. One man responded: “The coming of Christ – hesitation – for the second time.” Clearly this man has some understanding of Jesus but was a bit off the mark. He would benefit from some more time studying the Bible.
Like many men, my coming to Christ was an act of desperation. Facing a calamity of my own doing, I was willing to try anything, even if it took an act of God. Well, it did. It took a home-based bible study to break the stubborn grip of arrogance and open my spirit to love, respect, and service. Slowly but surely, as I read through the book of John, I began to understand and absorb the true meaning and the value of the last supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of Jesus. Thank you God! I found hope, freedom, humility, appreciation, and love. It wasn’t easy to hold onto though, and I lost my freedom more than once. Getting it back took a revitalized commitment to belief and faith, but the fruits of endurance were well worth the effort. Yes, Easter is a big deal!
React: Are you also unsure about the true meaning of Easter? If so, do yourself a favor and join a home bible study to get some clarity.
Pray: Father God, on this day I pray for everyone to enjoy their Easter celebration and the freedom it brings.