Every year, when Easter comes around, many children get excited for festivities such as hunting Easter eggs, taking pictures with the Easter bunny, and eating candy that’s left out for them. Actually, forget just children getting excited, I would still have a lot of fun doing those things too! But in the midst of all that excitement, it’s easy to forget the original reason we celebrate Easter in the first place. Easter is a holiday in which we rejoice because of what Jesus Christ has done for mankind in his life, death, and resurrection. If the entire Bible could be summarized in some succinct manner, it would be that God’s love has come down to rescue us through Jesus Christ, and that is precisely the reason we celebrate Easter. But since we can’t summarize the entirety of God’s glory in just a few words, I have decided to pick out a few verses with a lot of personal meaning to praise Him for.
“…he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15b)
This is one of the most amazing verses of the Bible because it speaks much about God’s sovereignty over all of the world and everything in it. In the very beginning of time, when the serpent tempted Adam and Eve and caused sin to be brought into the world, God already set into motion a plan for defeating sin from the very beginning of the Bible, and years upon years after that, God fulfilled His promise. This verse is so overwhelming to me because it is God saying that even though sin may have hurt mankind, God will completely destroy sin in return. This is the reason why we are able to celebrate Easter in the first place.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” (Jeremiah 17:7)
At first, this verse might not seem something related to Easter, but upon deeper reflection, I realized that for me, the verse holds great importance. This is because I am confident in the Lord because He is faithful and has always remained faithful to me. This in fact, builds upon the previous verse and the fact that God will always keep His promises because of His unconditional love for both you and me. Summarized very simply, God loves us so much that He came down to the earth and died to save our lives. Upon realizing that truth, I finally understood what this verse means for Easter, when we rejoice in the fact that God saved our lives through His own Son.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
This verse is speaking the truth of the perfect person that Jesus was. Jesus lived the life we should have lived, and died the death that we should have died, meaning that Jesus lived the only perfect life, without sin, and died to pay the punishment for all the sin committed by everyone else who ever lived and will ever live. Therefore by this verse, whatever we feel we cannot do, Jesus grants us the strength to accomplish it because he is greater, and because has already paid our debts for us. Personally, this verse means a lot to me because it has helped to get me through a lot of my own struggles, whether with school or with job searching or just understanding what my purpose in life is. Each and every single time I struggle, without fail, I realize that it stems from a selfishness of my heart that causes me to depend on myself and my own strength. But then each and every single time I remember, without fail, how weak my own strength really is and I thank God that I can depend on Him. That’s the reason I celebrate Easter.
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because it speaks to how our testimonies are God’s testimony as well. God brings glory to Himself and speaks to people through our own lives when we allow Him to change our hearts. The biggest thing to remember, though, is that all this is only possible through Jesus Christ. Because of our own faults, flaws, and sins, the only way we can enjoy a relationship with God is through believing in Jesus Christ. And personally, since I came to Christ just 4 years ago, God has changed my life immensely by teaching me things such as forgiveness, compassion, empathy, obedience, self-control. One of the largest testimonies to how I am a letter from Christ is that I was actually able to share my faith with my parents in Chinese. In Chinese! Considering how it can be difficult at times to know the correct words since Chinese is only my second language, that was a magnificent testimony to God’s power working within my own life.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:9-12)
This is my all-time favorite passage in the Bible because this is the story of the gospel and this is the reason we celebrate Easter. I will always treasure this passage in my heart because of the truth it speaks. It says that God loved a sinful, broken people so much that He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, down from glory for the purpose of dying after living a perfect life. God is love, and love came down to set us all free from sin. This is the absolute reason why Christians proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter. To know this truth is to find a treasure that is greater than any brightly colored egg that we may find on Easter festivities. Praise the Lord, oh my soul!