Easter is a the most important holiday we can celebrate. Without this mighty display of God’s power, Christianity could not have its most unique and saving qualities: not by works but faith is one saved (Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:16), all can come to the Father and Son (Colossians 3:11; Galatians 3:8), God loves us and wants to know us personally ( John 15:15), and our Savior is ALIVE and resurrected, thus conquering death (Corinthians 15:55, 57; 2 Timothy 1:10; Matthew 28:6; more).
Let’s read the beginning of this victory.
*Matthew 28:1-10 After the Sabbath, as the light of the next day, the first day of the week, crept over Palestine, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb to keep vigil. 2 Earlier there had been an earthquake. A messenger of the Lord had come down from heaven and had gone to the grave. He rolled away the stone and sat down on top of it. 3 He veritably glowed. He was vibrating with light. His clothes were light, white like transfiguration, like fresh snow. 4 The soldiers guarding the tomb were terrified. They froze like stone.
5 The messenger spoke to the women, to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Messenger of the Lord: Don’t be afraid. I know you are here keeping watch for Jesus who was crucified. 6 But Jesus is not here. He was raised, just as He said He would be. Come over to the grave, and see for yourself.
7 And then go straight to His disciples, and tell them He’s been raised from the dead and has gone on to Galilee. You’ll find Him there. Listen carefully to what I am telling you.
8 The women were both terrified and thrilled, and they quickly left the tomb and went to find the disciples and give them this outstandingly good news. 9 But while they were on their way, they saw Jesus Himself.
Jesus (greeting the women): Rejoice.
The women fell down before Him, kissing His feet and worshiping Him.
Jesus: 10 Don’t be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. Tell them I will meet them there.
This year, God has allowed me to understand his forgiveness in a more complete way. I have often struggled with feelings of guilt for what I have done, even after asking God for forgiveness. I’ve been holding onto to past failures and allowing them to keep me from experiencing God’s abounding mercy and grace.
I learned the verses about freedom in Christ and His forgiveness but never fully understood them.
- “Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King.” Romans 8:1
- “So stand strong for our freedom! The Anointed One freed us so we wouldn’t spend one more day under the yoke of slavery, trapped under the law.” Galatians 5:1
- “So think of it this way: if the Son comes to make you free, you will really be free.” John 8:36
God’s love is so big that He sees the righteousness of His Son when He sees us. “ He orchestrated this: the Anointed One, who had never experienced sin, became sin for us so that in Him we might embody the very righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
I can’t remember the exact place where I heard it (from Chip Ingram or Charles Stanley maybe?), but it radically changed how I view the fear of messing up. If I am not afraid of death because of what Christ rising from the dead did for me, how then can I fear anything else? After hearing, I really started to think, men and women have written stories about immortality for generations; people want to escape death. As a Christian, I am excited for the day I will leave this earth to be with my Savior and Father in heaven.
The miraculous gift God gave through His Son is the power to forgive myself and other people. It is the power to be free of past regret and shame.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NIV for God tells us through the apostle John; perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). God is the only perfect lover of our souls.
We are free from sin, death, shame, and regret. Only God can turn bad into good. Genesis 50:20 “Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today.”