A friend of mine, who is a preschool teacher, overheard an animated conversation among her students. Little Maria threw out the question: â€œWho loves God?â€ All of them responded, â€œI do! I do! I do!â€ Billy said, â€œI love Jesus.â€ Kelly protested, â€œBut He died.â€ Billy said, â€œYeah, but every Easter He rises from the dead!â€
Obviously, young Billyâ€™s understanding of the meaning of Easter is still developing. We know that Jesus died once for all (Rom. 6:10; Heb. 10:12) and, of course, rose from the dead once. Three days after paying the penalty of our sins on the cross, the sinless Jesus conquered death by rising from the grave and breaking the power of sin. It was this final sacrifice of blood that opened the only way for us to have a relationship with God now and a home with Him forevermore.
â€œChrist died for our sins, . . . He was buried, and . . . He rose again the third dayâ€ (1Â Cor. 15:3-4). He has promised that He is preparing a place for us (John 14:1-4), and He will someday return. One day we will be with our risen Savior.
Thatâ€™s why every year at Eastertimeâ€”in fact, every day of the yearâ€”we have reason to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. â€œI will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouthâ€ (Ps. 34:1).