Last week, we shared comments from some of our clients as they answered this question about Easter:
“If all broadcast radio stations across Canada (all formats, Christian and secular) gave you 15 seconds during their morning show, how would you describe what Easter means to you?”
This week as Part II of this series, we’re carrying on with a few more client responses. We are excited to share these with you, as we walk together through “Passion Week” and prepare our hearts for the importance of this upcoming weekend…Holden Bowker Executive Director Haven Ministries Canada
“Easter is the hinge upon which the door of Christianity swings. Without it, our Christian faith would be meaningless – just another world religion and another way to God. And like all other religions, we would end up striving to please an omnipotent deity through our own human effort of rule-keeping. However, if Jesus death and resurrection are true, then Christianity is unique because grace and mercy now enter the equation – and it’s no longer about man trying to reach God, but God reaching down in love to man.”
“Hope! Not just hope for the afterlife, but hope for today. Yes, we have immense joy knowing that all will be made right in the end, but the story of Easter tells us more – that Christ is alive, He lives in us and that He is with us each and every step of the way. If the resurrection is true then that changes what we think about the future and the present time. This, I think, is the profundity of Easter.”
As we enter the Easter season, there is one word that is absolutely fitting for the Christian, and it is the word “hope.” The distinction that the Bible’s New Testament makes between those who are in Christ and out of Christ is spoken of in terms of hope. It says that at one time, “we were without God and without hope in the world.” Then we’re told that “we have been born anew to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
The distinction is between the hopeless and the hopeful. The believer is able to recognize in the challenges of the world in which he or she lives, that in the death of Jesus Christ upon that cross on a Judean hillside, there was a pivotal event of human history. In that empty tomb on the third day after His crucifixion, there was – and still is – a triumph statement from God saying, “the best is still to be.
“Easter is the timeless expression of God’s amazing love and grace that is far beyond my understanding or even that of the wisest man, poured out in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that by the power of the Holy Spirit and my simple (God-given) faith, I’m assured of forgiveness, peace and fellowship with God.”
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God died, He rose again… He died (for sinners like you and me) so that we might live for all eternity!!! Simply put…God is Love!Erik Fritjofson Vice President of Media Cordova Media / Love Worth Finding Ministries
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.”
The turning point in the garden, was the word “nevertheless”. Jesus basically stating not my will, but yours, be done. Will we allow God to have His way in us? When I reflect on Easter, I’m reminded that Jesus chose to follow the Father’s direction – He chose the cross! “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
May each of you have a wonderfully rich and blessed time this weekend as we celebrate the Risen Lord! Thank you again to our wonderful clients and friends for taking part in this blog post.