The Easter Story
The story of God’s plan to save man began at Christmas, and ends in Easter.
After the Savior boy became a man, He began to do a lot of wonderful things called Miracles. The first miracle that Jesus performed was that of turning water into wine. At a marriage feast where their drink had ran out, Jesus’ mother called on Him to help them. He asked the servants to fill the pots with water and serve the guests. The master of ceremony after drinking said that this was a better wine than the one they had before. After this, He went on to heal a lot of sick people, and even raised some who had died, making them to come alive again. In all His miracle working, Jesus did not draw attention to Himself, but told the people that God His father had given Him the power to do all these miracles so that they could believe Him to be the Savior that God had promised.
A lot of ordinary folk believed in Jesus and followed Him, but the religious leaders of the day did not believe that Jesus was the long awaited Savior. They were filled with envy and jealousy because of how people flocked to listen to Jesus. They began to look for a way to kill Him. Jesus knew that the purpose for which He came into the world was to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, fulfilling the words that He had spoken from God, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16, Holy Bible).
The wicked religious leaders not knowing that they were fulfilling the purpose for which God sent His Son into the world, went ahead to arraign Him before the governor, accusing Him of calling Himself the Son of God, making Himself equal with God. The governor, after examining Jesus, told His accusers that he did not find any fault with Him. He wanted to let Him go but the religious leaders and their mob shouted insistently that He should be crucified. The governor gave in to their wish, and Jesus was nailed on the cross. While He hung on the cross, He cried with a loud voice, “It is finished”, before giving up the ghost, declaring that He had completed the work of saving mankind from the consequence of sin, a forever life in the fires of hell.
The most amazing thing about Easter, is that after Jesus died on the cross and was buried,
He rose again from the dead on the third day, showing His power over death. He was seen by His disciples, and over five hundred of His followers at one instance, before being lifted up into heaven. He has promised to return to the earth again to take His children home, and also to judge the world.
Now, all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior and Lord will no longer go to hell when they die, but will instead have an everlasting life of joy and peace in heaven where God is.
If you would like to have this eternal life, repent of your life without God, and ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and help you live for Him. He will come into your heart at your invitation, and will write your name in His book of life. As a result, you will be translated from a life that naturally ends in hell, to a life of bliss in heaven with God and His holy angels.
This is the true story of Christmas and Easter. And this is why there is so much joy in the air at Christmas, because Christmas is really about God’s love for us and about His hands stretched out to save us.
God bless you as you put your trust in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation, amen.
The EvangelistFola Jolayemi