Hey there, dear reader!
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday; when most of the world celebrates chocolate eggs and a mystical bunny.
Did you know – Easter is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus’ death on a cross and the fact that he came back to life three days later.
That’s where some might ask the question that inspired this blog post: “If all that happened 2000 years ago, what does any of it have to do with me?“
Jesus is alive today (2016… or whenever you’re reading this)
Though Jesus died once, it’s not the same as the death of Albert Einstein. Easter Sunday is all about the truth that Jesus came back to life. The book of Mark, in the Bible, tells us where Jesus is now:
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
– Mark 16:19
Another part of the Bible elaborates. It tells us that Jesus:
[…] has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
– 1 Peter 3:22
Furthermore, listen to one of Jesus’ descriptions of himself:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
– Revelation 22:13
Jesus is alive today (2016 and on)!
Jesus’ work applies to us today
Consequently, just as one tresspass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
– Romans 5:18
This verse is part of a passage that compares and contrasts the entry of sin into the world (through Adam) and the gift of life to the world through Jesus. It shows that these two events were opposite in nature but equal in scope.
The first brought death, the second brought life. The first is a consequence that applied to all people groups and generations, the second is a gift offered to all people groups and generations. Just because the gift is offered to everyone, it does not mean that everyone will choose to accept the gift. But it is, nonetheless, open to anyone and everyone, including to you and to me, here in the 21st century.
That’s a wrap
Jesus is alive and well today AND his gift of life, made possible by his death and resurrection 2000 years ago, applies today.
- Do you believe that Jesus’ death and his return to life apply to you, here and now?
- How are you celebrating Jesus this year?