What is the big deal about Easter? It has to be more than the story of Peter Cottontail.
I believe another Peter said is best, “But God raised him (Jesus) from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Last week we learned about Good Friday. The somber, sad, and reverent day set aside to remember the ultimate act of sacrifice. Christ’s death. Nailed to a cross because he claimed to be God. Not a god, THE GOD.
Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection, and that is what the apostle Peter is talking about.
The resurrection is when Jesus, who had died and was buried, came back to life. Peter talks about the resurrection in the bible because it cannot be denied. The crowd he was speaking to at that time was filled with people who would verify the event. Many of them saw Jesus die, and then be buried. They saw it! And afterwards they saw Him alive again. Peter challenged them to allow the knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection, the fact that he came back to life, change their lives.
When the apostles saw death and destruction, the God of hope stepped in and changed everything. He fulfilled His Old Testament promises and prophesies about the coming Savior in His Son, Jesus. He ushered in a new covenant between Himself and us. Gone was the old system of endless cycles of sacrifices and in came one sacrifice for all time.
How important is this? I Corinthians 15 addresses it:
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
This Easter, celebrate the resurrection and discover what that means for you, and leave the Peter Cottontail DVD on the shelf.