A Christ-Centered Easter brings reflection and thankfulness as we set our gaze on what God did to restore us back to Him through Jesus’ shed blood.
There’s no better way to celebrate than to dive into the Word of God!
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Created In the Image of God
When God created Adam and Eve, He did so to extend who He was through His creation, man and woman.
Genesis 1:27-28 says,
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
A Simple Instruction
One of the instructions God gave to Adam is found in Genesis 2:16-17, which says,
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Unfortunately, although this instruction was simple, it wasn’t easy.
The serpent came to Eve questioning what God said. This questioning mixed with Eve’s doubts became the recipe where she had to make a choice within itself. Genesis 3:6 says,
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
Sin Is Separation From God
The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (sin) would be that they would surely die.
Now based on the length of Adam’s life (930 years), the death that God was referring to wasn’t them ceasing from physical living, but instead, that they would be separated from God.
Adam and Eve now lived under the curse and they could no longer be in communion with God. Sin ultimately separated them from God.
The Veil That Separates
In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was a place where only the high priest could enter and only once in the year. A thick veil separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies inside the tent of meeting.
The high priest would then sprinkle the blood of a sacrificed bull and a sacrificed goat on the atonement cover of the ark, to make amends for his and the people’s sins.
The old covenant God made through Moses with the Israelites required animal sacrifices. God lived among his people in the Holy of Holies.
A Perfect Sacrifice
Jesus, who was God’s Son and yet man, was the perfect sacrifice. He was a Lamb, sinless without spot or wrinkle, and would come to save us from our sin.
When Jesus yielded up His spirit, the veil that divided and separated God from man was torn from top to bottom. This significant barrier that was established because of sin was now no longer. Jesus’ blood was shed once for all.
This means remission of sin, an atonement made, where we could be restored to having a personal and intimate relationship with God once again.
Because of Jesus’ blood we are considered redeemed, righteous, sanctified, purified and cleansed from all sin.
Jesus not only died for our sin, but arose from death and still lives today! He’s seated at the right hand of the Father.
No longer does God confine himself to the Holy of Holies, separated from His people. When Christ ascended into heaven, every believer of Jesus became a temple of the Holy Spirit, a living dwelling place of God.
To receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit requires repentence and an acknowledgement that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, was resurrected and ascended into heaven. You have been alive together with Him!
Acts 2:38-39 says,
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter
Enjoy a Christ-Centered Easter as a family.
Take time to read the Bible scriptures that concern the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
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If you have children, you could consider a Christ-Centered Easter Bible Study as well.
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What are some ways you and your family celebrate a Christ-Centered Easter?
Anchored in Christ,