Easter

Why Easter?

by Adebayo Akande on

Written by Adebayo Akande

IS CHRIST REALLY THE REASON FOR THE SEASON?
I received a text message on my phone wishing me a happy Easter celebration and it ended thus “you’re the reason for the season.”
I dismissed the last statement as a typographical error, but again what could the sender have had in mind and then mis-spelt? I’m used to seeing “Jesus/Christ is the reason for the season”, I also send same to people during Christmas and Easter. That message was deliberate, and it got me disturbed. How can you remove Christ, and replace Him with me, as the reason for the season?
But I have come to learn that it is foolhardy to judge a matter or a person without taking time to critically examine the circumstances. So I set out to do some thinking.
The reason for a thing/event is the main purpose for which it had to happen. Think about some key events and experiences in your life and try to decipher the reason for some, if not all of them.
Now to the meat of the matter…
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, following his death on the cross, yes?
So then what/who would be the reason for Easter? The answer to this would be the reason He had to die and rise again.
Let’s see some scriptures:
Hebrews 2:9; “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Romans 5:8; “But God commended His love towards us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:34: “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. “

Romans 4:25: “Who was delivered for our offences, and raised for our justification.”

1 Cor 15:17: “If Christ be not raised, then your faith is in vain, and you are still in your sins.”

Most, if not all scriptures that talk about His death and resurrection are clear as to why-for sinners!
He died to take away all our sins. He rose up and declared us not guilty. All He did was for us. He did nothing for himself. Such love, what a savior!
So you and I, the church, are the reason for the season. Jesus Christ, at the centre of it all, remains the essence of the season.
He did it for us. He was born for us, He lived for us, He died for us. He is risen, and now sits at the Father’s right hand making intercession for who? For us!
This is the height of devotion. This is the ultimate love.

He is committed to us, more than we ever could to Him.

So this season, celebrate the risen Lord, who now lives in you, works through you, who loves you like you are the only one alive.

He is the essence; we are the reason for the season! Without Him, we are nothing! Without us, He needn’t have died.

Killing death

by Admin on

gathering to feast on His flesh and blood
for in His death we live?
Nay, in His life we live and move
for He did not stay dead,
but conquered death by dying.
Literally paid death in its own coin!

Because He lives after tasting death,
I live forever, having believed
the potency of death diluted,
Its flavour made bland,
and its sting, numb.

Jesus Lives.
I live.

WHEN DEATH DIED

by Admin on

 

(Sequel to WHEN DEATH BORE LOVE)

Halleluia! He is risen. The tomb is empty, our hearts filled, our Saviour Jesus is risen from the dead. He defeated death by dying. He had spoken of these before time and fulfilled even as predicted. Now we celebrate resurrection, wherein lies our hope.

For if Christ was not risen from death, our hope is vain. We have hope not just here, but beyond.

 

1 Cor 15:19-20 (NLT)

And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

Every of God’s provision for us in Christ is vested on His resurrection. We have the earnest of His Spirit only because He died and arose. His death and resurrection made it possible for our earthly frames to receive the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

His death and resurrection made Christ different from every other prophet before Him. His death effected the new covenant, New Testament.

 

Heb 9:15-16 (NLT)

That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.

We can now fully operate as new creatures, no longer slaves or children, but sons Galatians 4:1-7.

We walk in newness.

 

Rom 6:4 (NLT)

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

We have hope of resurrection too.

Rom 6:5 (NLT)

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.

The tomb couldn’t hold Him down, the tombstone couldn’t keep Him in, and the soldiers couldn’t keep Him bound.

 

1 Cor 15:54-55 (NLT)

Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

Halleluia! Christ is risen.

 

Happy Easter.

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

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