Easter brings memories of brightly colored eggs, gooey jellybeans, and itchy church clothes. Yet the Easter season, like Christmas, may get lost in the busyness of shopping excursions for the perfect dress or suit, or preparing meals for family. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the trappings, but like Christmas, we can’t forget the “reason for the season”.
Easter celebrates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the center of the Christian faith. In God’s redemptive plan, Jesus’ death on the cross atones for the sins of all people.
These inspirational Easter verses from the Bible exhibit God’s eternal love and edify us in our daily Christian life.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”
This verse is probably one of the most well known verses of the New Testament. It brings me back to early days of my faith and reminds me that our Father isn’t a disinterested creator but a loving God who saves us by sacrificing his own son.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
On days when I am feeling low, I remember that I am blessed to be a child of God. The hymn “Amazing Grace” always comes to mind when reading this verse. I cannot fathom how or why God would take time to save me, one insignificant person. But the truth is, in God’s eyes none of us are insignificant. The Bible tells us that God knew us while in our mother’s womb. It is a special relationship He has with each of us. And His love is so great; He gave his own son to save us.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
We are forever reminded Jesus fulfilled his mission. He laid down his life, died a substitutionary death and was resurrected for us.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Heaven is sometimes hard to picture. Some picture a cloud filled arena with harp playing. The Bible tells us, however, that in heaven we will work, and forever remain in the presence of our Holy God. This verse is a reminder that Jesus is there, readying our place with him and the Father. How inspiring is that!!!