What Easter Means to Me!
•••••••••• March 22, 2023 ••••••••••
Easter Sunday is the joyous day of resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of Jesus’ fulfillment of the scriptures through his ultimate sacrifice on the cross for the love for us in order to free us from sins and open the doors of Heaven so we can have eternal life.
Per John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved this world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Per John 19:31 Jesus died on the day of Preparation (which is the day before the Passover meal) and the next day was a special Sabbath. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” is one of the Ten Commandments. This weekly Sabbath Day is Saturday, which is the day God rested after completing creation. However, per John there was a special Sabbath for Passover. Therefore, this special Sabbath was on Friday followed by the weekly Saturday Sabbath Day. Therefore, Jesus died on Thursday, not Friday.
Jesus arose on the first day of the week which is Sunday. By dying on Thursday Jesus fulfilled the scriptures. As Jesus said per Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jesus said he would be three nights in the heart of the earth and three nights prior to Sunday is Thursday.
While Jesus was dying on the cross one of the criminals who was also being crucified knew he was being punished justly and that Jesus had done nothing wrong. Per Luke 23:42 this criminal said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Per Luke 23:43 Jesus answered him “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.”
Is this paradise Jesus answered Heaven? No, per John 3:13 “No one has ever gone to Heaven except for the one who came from Heaven – the Son of Man.”
So where did Jesus go when he died? Jesus said per Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”– Which was Shoel, the land of the dead.
This weekly Sabbath Day is Saturday, which is the day God rested after completing creation. However, per John there was a special Sabbath for Passover. Therefore, this special Sabbath was on Friday followed by the weekly Saturday Sabbath Day. Therefore, Jesus died on Thursday, not Friday.”
Per Luke 16:19-31 “The Rich Man and Lazarus” Shoel is described as Hades/Hell on one side where the rich man went when he died and was tormented. On the other side was where Lazarus went when he died and where the angels carried him to be by Abraham’s side, which was paradise. Between the two places is a great chasm so that no one could cross over. “The Rich Man and Lazarus” also shows us that when we do die we have our memory and we recognize others.
As Jesus was dying on the cross he cried out, ”My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?” per Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34. This was to fulfill the scriptures as per David’s foretelling of Jesus’ death in Psalms 22. Per Luke 23:46 Jesus called out, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” which fulfilled the scripture per Psalms 31:5. All throughout his life he made statements to fulfill the scriptures letting people know that he was the Messiah. Jesus said per Luke 24:44, ”This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that was written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Jesus final words per John 19:30 “It is finished.” Jesus died a horrendous death and sacrificed himself for the love of us and paid the full price for our sins. Per Daniel 9:27 “He will put an end to sacrifice and offering.” Per Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.”
Jesus showed us as per John 15:13 that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend. He gave his life up for the love of us so we can be free from sin and have eternal life in Heaven, which was now open.
Per Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
As Jesus said per John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The only way to Heaven for a sinful mankind is to believe in and have a close relationship with Jesus. No matter what you do you in your life you will fall short, and the only way is through Jesus. Per Acts 16:31, ”Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved – you and your household.” Per 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful and blessed Easter to you and your family!
John Farrell Broker/Realtor® – Farrell Real Estate, MBA, Former Assistant Assessor – Budget & Special Projects, Westside resident - firstname.lastname@example.org
March 22, 2023