Springtime—when Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter, honoring the memory of Christ’s resurrection.
I was about 10 years old when my Christian faith was born.
Before then, Easter meant chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and a new dress and hat for Easter Sunday. I thought I knew a lot about God’s love. My Sunday school teacher told us about Jesus, that He died on a cross, some friends buried Him in a tomb and three days later He came alive again.
Later I understood the significance of the empty tomb. An angel at the tomb delivered the most important message the world can ever hear. “He is not here for he is risen.” (Matthew 28:6)
In a biography of Queen Victoria, there is a story about when she would sometimes go into the slums of London. One day she went into a home to have tea with an older woman. When she rose to leave, the queen asked the woman, “Is there anything I can do for you?”
The woman said, “Yes, your majesty, you can meet me in heaven.”
The queen turned to her and said softly, “Yes, I’ll be there, but only because of the blood that was shed at the cross for you and me.”
Queen Victoria held the second longest reign of any other British monarch in history, ruling over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. In her day she was the most powerful woman in the world, yet still had to depend on the blood of Christ for salvation. So do we.
Over 2,000 years ago the apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Just believing in Jesus opens heavens gates to all people from every tribe, language and nation. Remembering the empty tomb and Christ’s resurrection should never be taken for granted, and certainly deserves a day of celebration.
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