Hebrews 6:1-2, Philippians 3:10
Easter is the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Commemoration is to observe, mark it, and show respect for Jesus Christ.
Resurrection comes from the Greek word ‘Anastasis’ meaning – raising up or standing up again, something that was once standing but fell.
Resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian Faith.
Resurrection is an act or instance of a man’s immortal spirit, reuniting with the body. Either the same body or a glorified body. 1 Corinthians 15:11-22 (KJV)
Three (3) Facts about Resurrection:
1). The Bible teaches that all men will experience resurrection. (Acts 24:14-15, Revelation 20:11-15)
2). Resurrection will always reunite man’s spirit with his body (Whether the same body or a different one). John 11:43-44, Luke 7:11-17, 1 Corinthians 15:35-44
3). It is impossible to fully understand resurrection and its significance to the believer without understanding these four concepts: Sin, Death, The Grave, and Hell. Christ’s victory is hinged upon these four concepts.
Pray: Lord, open my eyes and grant me revelation!
Revelations 12:7-8 (KJV)
Sin is a transgression of a command and a rebellion. (1 John 3:4)
Sin cannot happen without a command. To transgress means to violate or to go against.
Rebellion is the willful and continual resistance to a constituted authority.
Sin is a violation to the Word of God. Another definition of sin is disobedience. Genesis 2:17 (KJV)
Adam’s sin was disobedience to God’s Word, while Lucifer’s sin was rebellion.
Three (3) vital information about sin:
1). All have sinned. (Romans 3:23)
2). The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
3). The sting of death is sin. (1 Corinthians 15:26)
1 Corinthians 5:2 (KJV), Ephesians 2:2 (KJV)
Three (3) Facts about Death:
1). Death was not Satan’s concept. (Genesis 2:17)
2). Death was not created to have the power to kill. Its power to kill came from man through his sin.
3). Man’s disobedience gave death the power to kill. Without sin, death has no power over man.
Without sin, death has no power over man.
Death in itself has no power. It is empowered by man’s sin.
1 Corinthians 15:55 (KJV)
The key to ultimately destroying the power of death is for sin to be completely absent in the human race.
Sin is more than an act; it is a nature that can be passed on through man’s blood.
Death came to Jesus but had no power over Him because He did not have the nature of sin.
The only way people in the Old Testament were preserved from death was through covenants. They did not have a permanent victory over death.
Jesus had to come as a sinless man to save mankind.
Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)
For Jesus to die, He had to become sin. The moment Jesus became sin, death quickly took Him.
Facts about the grave:
1). The grave is the place where the physical remains of a deceased person is deposited.
2). A grave is a passageway from the physical realm to the spiritual realm.
3). The grave is where resurrection begins.
Psalm 16:10 (KJV), Psalm 139:8 (KJV), Hebrews 2:14-15 (KJV)
When Jesus went to hell, the cohorts of hell were forcing him to bow. But He made a public show of them, triumphing over them.
Then He went to the bosom of Abraham and preached the gospel to them, and led captivity captive. (Ephesians 4:6-10)
Then Jesus went to the heavenly tabernacle, and poured His blood on the altar, making atonement for mankind. A coronation service was held for Him and He was given the Name LORD. (Philippians 2:5-10)
Jesus paid the price of justice; conquered the grave, sin, and death, and handed us the victory.
If Jesus had not resurrected, death wouldn’t have lost his power, because the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
When you receive the eternal life of God, you receive the power of resurrection. This means that for believers, even if our outward man perishes (we sleep), there is a hope of resurrection.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, man obtained the power of resurrection.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Death is not the end of all things. Because Jesus resurrected by the power of God, we also will resurrect.
There is no more repentance for anyone who dies without Christ. Do not let rebellion and disobedience eternally separate you from Jesus.
What is the Significance of Easter?
1). A time of gratitude to God, for using His blood and sacrifice on the cross to bring to us an escape from eternal damnation
2). A moment of sober reflection, so that you continue to walk in truth and guard jealously the faith you’ve received
3). A moment of active soul-winning, active evangelism, be sure to declare it to someone
Easter is a time of gratitude to God for making a way of escape for us from eternal damnation. It is also a time of:
2). Sober reflection
3). Active soul winning