Why, you ask, is Easter so important? Well, if it wasn’t for Easter, there would be no such thing as “Christianity”! Isa Al-Masih’s death and resurrection is the basis of everything Christians believe! Isa’s death allows us to be reunited with God. His resurrection gives us hope that we too will live again, even after death (1 Corinthians 15:13-17). “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).
Easter, or Resurrection Day, is the most sacred day of the year for Christians. It is even more important than Christmas. Unlike Christmas, the death and resurrection of Isa Al-Masih is historically dated. We know this based on the Jewish Passover celebration which has been celebrated for thousands of years.
Understanding Easter through the Jewish Passover
Passover celebrates Israel’s exodus from Egypt. God delivered Israel from Egyptian slavery. On the night before the exodus, God sent the angel of death to kill the firstborn child of everyone who lived in Egypt.
But God told the Israelites that each family must sacrifice a lamb. They placed the lamb’s blood on the door posts of the house. When the angel of death saw the blood, the household was spared. Death and judgment passed over the house due to the blood of the sacrificed lamb.
God told the Israelites to celebrate the Feast of Passover every year. Passover was a reminder of what God had done in the past and what God was going to do in the future. The Passover lamb symbolized the need for a sacrifice to protect the people from death. It was given as a sign of an event that would happen later in time.
Isa Al-Masih is the True Lamb of God!
Isa Al-Masih is referred to as “The Lamb of God” (Injil, John 1:39, 36). He became the Passover Lamb for the whole world, to save people from death. Only Isa Al-Masih could be the Passover Lamb because He is the only person who never sinned. Isa Al-Masih was perfect.
During the Passover in AD 33, Isa Al-Masih was crucified on Friday. He fulfilled His mission from God. He became the perfect sacrifice. He said, “This is my blood of the covenant [testament, promise], which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Injil, Matthew 26:28).
Why is “Good Friday” Good?
Christians now call the Friday before Easter Good Friday. Many find it strange to call it “good” since Isa Al-Masih was killed that day. But it is good for all people that He was sacrificed. He became the ransom for all people’s sins (See Mark 10:45).
Freedom from sin is promised to those who accept the sacrifice of Isa Al-Masih as the payment (punishment) for their sins, both past and future. “If we confess our sins, he [Isa] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Only Isa Al-Masih Can Save You from Sin and Death
God is Holy and He cannot co-exist with sin. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). No amount of religious practice or good deeds can “balance” out our sinfulness and make us holy. The answer is not in doing more religious things. The answer is in accepting the righteousness God has already provided through Isa Al-Masih.
Isa Al-Masih is God’s gift. He has provided salvation as a gift to us. “The free gift of God is eternal life…” (Romans 3:23). Since Isa was sinless, we only need his sacrifice. One perfect sacrifice is enough to fulfill the requirement of God’s law for all people for all time. Isa Al-Masih was this sacrifice.
Easter is the Celebration of the Resurrection of Isa Al-Masih
Easter Sunday is not a celebration of Isa Al-Masih’s death. That would be on Good Friday. Easter is the celebration of a victorious Isa Al-Masih. His death was not in vain. On the Sunday after His death, Isa Al-Masih was raised back to life. His was the first resurrection.
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