Easter – the eggs, the bunny, Good Friday, crucifixion, resurrection; what does it all mean for humanity?
It is about the ultimate meaning of love; being a living sacrifice for the whole of mankind due to a fallen world. It’s as simple as that, yet, so, so powerful.
We not only explored the origin of Easter and what it means for Christians, but were joined by Tobi who is the founder of faith channel, WTALK.
Have a read below of notes we gathered of the meeting. Massive credit to Got Questions for the most valuable sources when exploring Christianity.
- Why did Jesus have to die?
- We cannot question why, to say God couldn’t find another way is to say the way he chose was not the best course of action
- Sometimes what we think is the best method often is not-Isaiah 55:8-9( For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways..), Deuteronomy 32:4 reminds us of this (for all of his ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is he)
- Jesus had to die for our sins
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ dies for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures)
- God created man and earth perfect. Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, God had to punish them. “A judge who pardons law-breakers isn’t a righteous judge”. Ever since Adam, we have been guility of disobeying God’s laws (Romans 3:23- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God)
- Jesus is the reconciliation between us and God
- Prophets foretold his death
- Isaiah 53:1-12
- John 1:29
- (b) What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins?
- Eternal life (John 14:6- I am the way, the truth and the life)
- Sinful nature inherited from Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden, because of this sin we will die physically and spiritually but because Jesus died for our sins as the ultimate sacrifice there is the promise of eternal life with him in heaven
- (c) Who was responsible for Jesus’ death?
- The religious leaders (Matthew 26:3-4, Matthew 27:20-25, John 11:47-50, John 11:53)
- Judas (Matthew 27:3-10)
- The Romans/and under the authority of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor who sentenced Jesus, Roman soldiers put the nails into his hands and feet, they put up the cross etc (Matthew 27:27-37)
- The people of Israel (Luke 23:23-25, Matthew 27:21, Acts 2:22-23)
- God?-Jesus’ death is the cornerstone of salvation, the only way to save us from our sins, victory over death and Satan, so we could live in righteousness, God’s goodness, mercy and love that he gave his only son
- (d) What does it mean Jesus resurrected?
- Evidence (Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-21:25)
- Also appeared to many (Matthew 28:5, 9, 16-17; Mark 16:9; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19, 24, 26-29, 21:1-14; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:5-7).
- Who resurrected Jesus?
- God raised him-Acts 2:24, Acts 2:32, Romans 8:11, 2 Corinthians 4:14, Romans 1:4, Romans 6:4. The spirit is God, so also had a part in raising Jesus from the dead and because Jesus is God (all three persons, trinity)
- Why is it important?
- Shows the power of God- he has the power to raise from the dead, he has the power over death (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
- Validates who Christ said who he was, the son of God and the Messiah
- Proves his sinless character and divineness
- Validates the Old Testament prophecies
- Jesus said he rise on the third day- Mark 8:31, 9:31, 10:34
John 11:25- Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Jesus gives eternal life, we can triumph over death.
Read about the symbolism of what the Easter egg means for Christianity, here.
Read about what the Easter bunny symbolises, here.