Publisher's note: Diane just got this to us, and, understandably, this not a timely post; however, the resurrection of Christ is always topical.
Have you ever thought of what it would be like if Jesus hadn't been born, hadn't assembled a group of loyal disciples and followers, hadn't taught his lessons of love and forgiveness and charity, hadn't been executed on the cross, and hadn't risen? When he traveled and taught, he was the Son of Man. He belonged to the People, as their teacher. But when he rose from the dead, he was the Son of God. He was the new and everlasting covenant with the Father, forever and ever.
Without Easter, we would have no hope of heaven. We would have no hope of sharing in God's kingdom. We could only hope for a righteous and blessed life here on Earth, for whatever that life and fate happens to deal us.
Without the hope of heaven, there would be no repentance, no personal transformation, no inherent obligation to love and help one another, and no attempt to follow biblical principles. We would miss out on the true meaning of life which is the love and fullness that other human beings bring to our existence.
Without Easter, we would lose our way in this world of sin, temptation, chaos, and darkness.
Jesus' death and resurrection. One mistake, one moment of weakness, would condemn us to eternal damnation and a permanent separation from God our Father. Feeling that permanent separation would send us on a downward spiral, for we would believe our Father had already condemned and turned His back on us. Believing that he have lost His love would strip away our moral compass.
But because of Easter, we can be reborn. We have a reason to live better, to do better, to love stronger, and to reflect His shining light into the shadows and minimize the darkness. We can live the life that God intended -- as humble witnesses to his love. We can do all these things because even though we are sinners by nature, immersed in an increasingly sinful and tempting world, we are forgiven of our misdeeds because God wants the relationship to continue and to flourish. A person can't help but be humbled by a love that is so great and unconditional.
Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice not only that we who believe will have an eternal relationship with God but also that we may be encouraged to live our lives to the fullest - to be better, to do better, and to love stronger. Remember, in Jesus' eyes, ALL LIVES MATTER !
HAPPY EASTER, Everyone. May you feel the love today and every day.