On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.
Easter represents, to me, in addition to the obvious, how Christ keeps His promises.
He promised His loved ones and followers that he’d come back in three days, and then when he prepared to leave them after His resurrection, He promised that He’d be in Heaven until His next return…a return we all await, today.
He is faithful. The night He was taken away by the Roman guards, He experienced betrayal by Judas and Peter. In the Bible, we see how torn Peter was after his betrayal, and yet Christ was faithful to forgive him.
He loves us regardless of our past or our present. Even as Christ experienced the physical pain of the cross, He cried out to God the Father for the forgiveness of those who gambled for His possessions and forgave the criminals to His left and to His right.
Christ puts no bounds on His ability to forgive and His willingness to be faithful to His Word.
Easter is a day of celebration of Christ’s resurrection. It is also a time for many, like me, who know they don’t deserve it, to truly absorb and understand how Christ has been faithful to them to forgive them and allow them a new life, one that never would have been possible or even dreamed of had it not been for Christ’s work in their lives.
I am so grateful for Christ’s painful sacrifice of love, so that I (and you if you choose to have faith in Him as your savior) could have eternal life. I am also very grateful for His forgiveness of my sins and for His faithfulness in spite of them. He doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve done…He wants to show you His love.