Easter is a time when Christians, all over the world, celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The whole celebration revolves around the fact that Jesus Christ came to the world as human. He lived among men, taught about the kingdom of God and did great miracles. He was crucified on the cross and buried in a tomb. On the third day, after His death, he resurrected. And now, he is alive and he sits at the right hand of the Father.
Why do we celebrate Easter?
We live in a time where the essence of Christian celebrations is gradually being lost. Today, we talk of Easter bunny and eggs. For some people, Easter is just another holiday; an opportunity to stay at home with family and to rest. For others, it’s a time to catch fun, eat and drink excessively.
But is that why we celebrate Easter? John Piper once said, “the resurrection, along with the death of Jesus, is the greatest event in the universe. It’s greater than our sun”. Why would he say something like that? I’ll tell you why.
- If Christ did not die and resurrect, then we wouldn’t be saved. And if we’ve not been saved, then our faith is useless. This is exactly what Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:14-18. The whole essence of our Christian faith hinges on the death and resurrection of Christ.
- Another reason we celebrate Easter is that the resurrection of Christ gives us hope for future glory. In 2 Corinthians 4:14, the Bible says, “…the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.”
So, why did I decide to write this article today?
I guess many of you might be wondering at this point, when did Spirit 3:6 turn our favourite Christian Musicians blog to a church/ theological blog? Relax, it’s still Christian Musicians Corner. But I’ll tell you why I chose to write this article today instead of my usual articles on music. A few days ago, I was discussing with the teens in my church about knowing and doing God’s will and I used the life of Jesus Christ as an example. We saw how he did the will of God, even to the point of being crucified. Now, since it’s Good Friday, I figured it would be nice if I shared my insights from that discussion with the teens. After all, it’s Easter. And as Christian musicians, our faith lies at the center of the music we do.
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Let’s look at the life and death of Christ.
So, before Jesus’ resurrection (which is why we celebrate Easter), he lived and died. He was born by a virgin. Went through the normal process of growth and development like every human being. Remember that Jesus Christ is God. He created man, yet he humbled himself to be trained by humans until he reached the age of maturity. But that’s not all, throughout his years of ministry on earth, he received several insults and false accusations. At one point, he told his disciples that he did not have any place to lay his head. When you look at it, Jesus really suffered. And to cap it up, he was crucified on a cross. History has it that dying by the Roman crucifixion is the worst kind of death. They stripped him in front of everyone, tore his back with whip, made him carry a heavy wooden cross up a hill. They nailed him to the cross, pierced his head with thorns and hung him on the cross. His side was also pierced with a spear while hanging there. You need to understand that the cross they used were not made from smooth logs of wood; they were rough. So wooden splinters would enter his already torn back while hanging on that cross and struggling to breathe. It is such a painful death.
Now why would anyone agree to go through all these suffering and have such a painful death? The answer is that Jesus knew why he was here and was willing to fulfill his purpose, no matter the cost.
What can we learn from this?
First of all, I want to say here that no length of article will be sufficient enough to write about all the lessons from the life and death of Jesus. In this article, I would just like to focus on the lessons I learnt with regards to purpose.
- The fact that it is God’s will or that you are fulfilling purpose, does not mean that things will work out very easily. Jesus was in the perfect will of God, yet he went through suffering in this life and even in death. So, if you’re going through suffering as well, don’t give in.
- Jesus was able to endure suffering and even death by crucifixion, because he knew that was his purpose. It was not easy for him. I know this because of the prayer he made at Gethsemane. However, he went through the pain. In the same way, when we know our purpose, it helps us to remain focused despite the several difficulties we might face along the journey.
- Jesus kept his focus on the outcome. In Hebrews 12:2, the bible says about Jesus, “for the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning it’s shame…”. So, despite whatever difficulty we might encounter on way to fulfill purpose, let’s fix our eyes on the prize. Our labour is not in vain; there is a reward. Be encouraged.
There wouldn’t be Easter if Christ didn’t know or decide to fulfill purpose. As we celebrate Easter, let’s make up our minds to discover our purpose and resolve to fulfill that purpose at all cost. The prize at the end is far greater than the price we pay now.
Happy Easter in advance.