Why Easter?

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Every year we celebrate what we call “Easter;” many refer to this as “Resurrection Sunday.” Whether one calls it Easter or Resurrection Sunday, the fact remains that many people do not know, or have forgotten its TRUE meaning. The whole meaning and purpose of Easter is about the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus […]

EvWhy Easterery year we celebrate what we call “Easter;” many refer to this as “Resurrection Sunday.” Whether one calls it Easter or Resurrection Sunday, the fact remains that many people do not know, or have forgotten its TRUE meaning. The whole meaning and purpose of Easter is about the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, why Easter?

Sin entered the realm of humanity as a direct result of the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden when he ate of the forbidden fruit. Adam, our federal head, was given a very specific command by God:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” {Genesis 2:17}

God says what He means, and He means what He says! The death that God spoke of was a spiritual death and, eventually, a physical death.  As a result, animals died in Adam’s place; God slew an animal (first bloodshed in the Bible) and made garments for Adam and Eve and drove them out of the Garden.

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” {Genesis 3:21; 24}

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

That one man was none other than Adam in the Garden of Eden; Adam’s sin was disobedience to the holy God who had created him! Atonement (covering) for sin was made by the shedding of blood of animals, but this was only a temporary covering and it pointed to the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world forever; the Lamb of God was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

During the time that Israel wandered in the Wilderness for 40 years, they complained and rebelled against God who, in His great anger, sent among them as punishment poisonous serpents, and many people died. Even in this God did provide a way of escape and an opportunity to be physically saved. God gave specific instructions:

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” (Numbers 21:9)

This was a type of Christ for in the Gospel of John we read,

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” {John 3:14-15}

God the Son, in the person of Jesus Christ, . . .

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