This Easter, celebrate Jesus' resurrection - James C. Bell

Don't get me wrong, I like little bunnies and baby chicks, as well as pretty candy eggs and the fun of egg hunts for little children.

However, too many people try to put up Easter trees and tell their children about the Easter bunny coming to see them. I think this is misrepresenting the true meaning of Easter.

Actually, it is the most important holy day of the Christian religion, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the day He triumphed over death and brought promise of new life for all men. He arose from the grave, once dead but now alive forever. The power of God is displayed in this great event.

Romans 1:4 says, "Who through the spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. Jesus Christ our Lord."

Think of what His resurrection means to us: Our faith in Jesus Christ and belief in His resurrection from death saves our souls from Hell and assures us of eternal life in heaven with Jesus Christ our Lord. His death on the cross and His resurrection empowers God's great plan of salvation for all mankind.

His birth, life and death, and resurrection, shows God's great love for us. His will to sacrifice His beloved Son to an awful, cruel death on the cross to provide payment for the sins of mankind is absolutely the greatest miracle of all time.

Please read or recall John 3:16. Christ's resurrection was the first fruit of God's salvation plan. We Christians shall one day be resurrected to life again, just as our Lord Jesus. Hallelujah!

Jesus Christ was killed, crucified on a Roman cross on Friday. He was buried that same day and lay in the grave the rest of Friday, day one, all day on Saturday, day two, and then early on the third day, Sunday, He arose from the dead and the grave. The day we call Friday was known to the Jews as "preparation day," the day before the "Sabbath," which was proclaimed by God as the Holy day for the Jews.

Since Jesus arose from the dead on Sunday, the first day of the week, Christians have chosen to honor this day as the Lord's Sabbath day.

For all these reasons, we who believe in Christ and claim Him as our Savior should observe Sunday as a holy day - every Sunday - not just Easter Sunday. We should do this to honor Him and to remember His great sacrifice which He gave to all mankind for the remission of sins.

Please memorize Romans 10:9 and 10, and claim it as your very own, for it is a statement that should be a part of everyone's testimony of our belief in Jesus Christ and our participation in God's salvation plan: "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation." Amen.

Other great verses to memorize are Eph. 2:8 and 9: "For it is by grace you are saved, through faith, and that not of your selves. It is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast." First John 1:9 tells us: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

If you are not a Christian, why not put your faith in Jesus Christ right now and ask Him to forgive your sins, and to save you to an eternal life in paradise. He would love to hear you read the verses given above as you receive His gift of eternal life. I pray you will.