Most Christians know that over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was crucified. Exactly 3 days later, he was resurrected from the dead. But what does that mean? Well my friends, it means freedom. Freedom from sin! When we come to our senses and finally believe that Jesus is the Son of God and ask him to be our Lord and Savior, then we become free from all our shame, guilt, and sadness. Plus, whenever we fall short, we can come running back to him again, and he will greet us with open arms. Easter is not about candy or curled hair, it is about what the resurrection of Jesus, and how the barrier between us and God was broken that bright Sunday morning.
My family and I have been watching a TV series called The Chosen. It is a realistic show about Jesus choosing His disciples and healing the sick and possessed. One episode was about Nicodemus (An important Pharisee.) trying to heal a possessed woman named Mary Magdalene. It didn’t work. The demon refused to leave her body. Later, after almost committing suicide, Mary met Jesus. Jesus called her His own, and the demon immediately fled from Mary’s body. Mary was different since then. She was free. When Nicodemus asked her how she was healed, she gave him a very minimal answer. She said she changed that day. This left Nicodemus puzzled. He wanted to know who this miracle worker was.
The truth is, that miracle worker was Jesus. But nobody knew that yet. Jesus performed miracles all the time. From healing the sick and raising the dead, to feeding 5,000 men with a small portion of fish and bread. The biggest miracle he worked was resurrecting himself. He conquered death! When Mary Magdalene saw Jesus on her way to His tomb, she was extremely surprised. When Jesus said her name, she knew He was alive. She rushed to town to share the good news, which is what we are called to do. We are called to share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and the opportunity to be free! We need to take hold of that freedom, and share it with others so they can be free too.
This is what Easter is all about.