The True Meaning of Easter

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 or meaning.

The whole reason Jesus Christ came to earth in the first place was to save us from death and give us a chance to start a 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 true meaning 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?


Step 1 – God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God... except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
John 1:12

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

We suggest a prayer like this one:

"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?

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