What does Easter have to do with you?

What comes to mind when you think of Easter?

Whatever images pop into your head, the truth is that Easter is so much greater than we can comprehend. It’s a story of victory and redemption. It’s the day we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

But what does that have to do with you? And why does it matter?

Easter is the difference between life and death. Without Easter, we have no hope.

The whole reason Jesus Christ came to earth in the first place was to save us from death and give us a chance at new life with Him. See, we’re all sinners, meaning we all fall short of God’s perfect standard. The punishment for sin is death, and not just physical death but spiritual death—eternal separation from God.

Yet because of God’s love for us, He made a way for us to reach Him. That’s through Jesus, who willingly died an agonizing death on a cross to pay the price for our sins and create a bridge between us and God. He died in our place—in your place.

But it didn’t end there. Jesus then conquered death by rising again three days later. That glorious day is what we call Easter—the day the bonds of sin lost their grip, vanquished in the ultimate expression of Christ’s love for us. Because He lives, you can also live forever with Him in heaven.

If you make Jesus part of your life, you are no longer condemned to spiritual death. You have hope, not only for eternal life with Jesus, but for today—for a life filled with purpose and God’s guidance.

So what does Easter have to do with you? Everything. What will you choose today: life with Christ or without Him?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?