The Eternal Blessing Of Easter Sunday


elcome to the season of rebirth and renewal! According to my favorite prophet, Soupy Sales, “Spring has sprung, the flowers has riz, I wonder where the birdies iz?” Now that I have your undivided attention, let us talk about the real reason for the season: Jesus Christ

Several millennia ago a child was born into this world. Born of a pure woman and a just man. Born in a stable & cradled in a manger. He brought to fulfillment the prophecies of the ages. Shepherds came with haste to adore Him. Wise men from the East came bearing precious gifts; the meridian of time had dawned. With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment; a power stronger than weapons. A wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the promised Messiah—even Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Holy Scriptures inform us that, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” He was baptized by John and “went about doing good.” At Nain, He raised the widow’s son from death to life and presented him to her. At Bethesda, He took compassion on the crippled man who had no hope to get to the pool of promise. He extended His hand, lifting him up. He healed him from his infirmity. Christ is the great exemplar of our lives!

Two thousand years ago, outside the walls of Jerusalem, there was a pleasant garden spot called Gethsemane by name; where Jesus and his intimate friends were wont to retire for pondering and prayer. There Jesus shared & taught his disciples the doctrines of the Kingdom of God. This sacred spot, like Eden where Adam dwelt, like Sinai from whence Jehovah issued his laws, like Calvary where the Son of God gave his life as ransom for many, this holy ground is where the Sinless Son of the Everlasting Father took upon himself the sins of all men.

We do not know, we cannot tell, nor can the mortal mind conceive the full importance of what Christ did at Gethsemane. We know he must have sweated from every pore as he drained the dregs of that bitter cup his Father gave him to drink. 

We know he suffered, both in body and spirit, more than it is possible for any man to suffer; except it be unto death. We know in some way incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied all the demands of justice to ransom every penitent soul from the pain and penalties of sin in order to make mercy available to all who are saved in his holy name. We know that he lay prostrate upon the ground as the pains and agonies of an infinite burden caused him to tremble “and would that he might not drink the bitter cup.” We know that an angel came from the courts of glory to strengthen him in his ordeal. 

After this, with his body then wrenched and drained of all strength, was led away with a rope around his neck to be judged as a common criminal. They took him to Annas, to Caiaphas, to Pilate, to Herod and then back again to Pilate. He was accused, cursed and smitten. With reeds of wrath they rained blows upon his back. Blood ran down his face as a crown of thorns pierced his trembling brow. And then he was scourged. Many died from scourging alone, but he rose from the sufferings of the scourge that he might die an ignominious death upon the cruel cross of Calvary. Then he carried his own cross until he collapsed from the weight, pain and mounting agony of it all.

Finally, on a hill called Calvary, as his helpless disciples looked on, the Roman soldiers laid him upon the cross .With great mallets they drove spikes of iron through his feet, hands and wrists. Truly he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

Finally the cross was raised that all might see, gape, curse and deride. Then the heavens grew black as darkness covered the land for the time of three hours. There was a mighty storm, as though the very God of Nature was in agony. And truly he was, for while Christ hung on the cross for three hours, all the infinite agonies and merciless pains of Gethsemane recurred.

When all of the atoning agonies had taken their toll, the victory had been won. When the Son of God had fulfilled the Will of his Father in all things he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30) and he voluntarily gave up the ghost as the peace and comfort of a merciful death freed him from the pains and sorrows of mortality. He entered the paradise of God!

After laying in a borrowed tomb for three days, in a manner incomprehensible to us, he took up a body which had not yet seen corruption and arose in that glorious immortality which made him like his resurrected Father. He then received all power in Heaven and on Earth, obtained eternal exaltation, and appeared unto Mary Magdalene and many others. He then ascended into Heaven, there to sit forever at right hand of God the Father Almighty to reign in eternal glory.

His arising from death on the third day was the crown of his Atonement. Again, in divine way incomprehensible to us, the effects of his resurrection passed to us so that all men shall rise from the grave to conquer death. As Adam had brought death to all men, so Christ brought life.

He did for us that which we could never do for ourselves.

The Atonement of Christ is the most transcendent event which has ever; or will ever occur from Creation’s first dawn throughout all the ages of all Eternity. It is the supreme gift of goodness and grace which only a loving God could bestow.

Through it, all the terms and conditions of our Father’s eternal plans of salvation became operative.Through it, lies the path of immortality and eternal life for Man. Through it, all are saved from death, Satan and the endless, eternal torments of Hell. And through it, All who believe in and follow the glorious gospel of God will ultimately overcome the suffering of this world; including All who suffer for Christ sake and his Word shall become as their Creator to sit with him on his throne and reign forever in everlasting glory.

Around the corner I have a friend,

In this great city that has no end;

Yet days go by, and weeks rush on,

And before I know it, a year is gone,

And I never see my old friend’s face,

For Life is a swift and terrible race.

He knows I like him just as well

As in the days when I rang his bell

And he rang mine.

We were younger then,

And now we are busy, tired men:

Tired with playing a foolish game,

Tired with trying to make a name.

“To-morrow,” I say, “I will call on Him,

Just to show him that grand Amen.

To the grieving Mary He comforted:

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

If we truly seek Christ as our Lord and Savior, we shall surely find Him. He may come to us as one unknown, without a name, as of old by the lakeside. As He came to those men who knew Him not. He still speaks the same words to us, “Follow thou me,” and sets us to the tasks He must fulfill for our time. He commands those who follow Him; whether they be wise or simple, to obey his teachings. He reveals Himself in the toils, conflicts and sufferings which those may pass through in His fellowship. All eventually shall come know him through their own experience of his saving grace. Every knee shall bow.

On this glorious Easter Sabbath, we remember loved ones who have departed from our company. We cherish our memories of happy days, followed by lonely nights, long years and pensive thoughts, We turn our hearts to Him and his eternal promise:

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there ye may be also.”

He has taught us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our soul, all our strength, all our mind and our neighbors as ourselves. Christ is much more than merely a teacher of truth; He is the Exemplar of the perfection of Life, the Great Physician, Savior of the world, the Son of God, Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel. The Lord, who rose from the dead to declare:

“Behold, I am Jesus the Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. … I am the light and the life of the world. I am the Alpha and the Omega; he who liveth. I am he who was slain; your advocate with the Father.”

This Easter morning, I testify to you that He lives and through Him, we too shall also live forever.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.