Some of us grew up not knowing the meaning of Easter. Perhaps we thought it was a holiday for the chocoholic or it was to bring awareness for those suffering of OBD (Obsessive Bunny Disorder).
The truth is, Easter is a holiday to celebrate and remember SALVATION!
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.Jhn 3:16-17
And what am I being saved from? – you may ask – Excellent question! Let me tell you:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.1Co 6:9-11
The above is not an extensive list, it’s just a sample to point out our many sins, and we all have sinned, one way or another. The consequence of this sin is death, condemnation and judgment, yet God takes not pleasure in the destruction of the sinner (Eze 33:11), rather He wants us to be SAVED through faith in Jesus.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.Jhn 3:18-19
So, specifically on Good Friday we remember the price that Jesus paid in order to save us from this destructive sin, and we once again declare that we believe and receive His gift of salvation!
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.Rom 5:6-10
This message is the 1st part of 2 messages. The second message will be given on Easter Sunday and it will address the event of the resurrection of Jesus. See more details here: Easter Sunday Gathering