Easter


Easter

Celebrate His resurrection

Like the narratives of Christ’s birth, the accounts of His crucifixion and resurrection are so familiar that we can miss the full intensity of the unexpected event. Though Jesus warned His disciples, they were not at all prepared for the trauma of His death or the shock of His resurrection. Because we know the outcome, it’s hard for us to identify with what they must have felt.

Although we may wish we could have been present at Jesus’ birth, who wishes to have seen His cruel, torturous death? Few want to read the details of what He suffered. We’ve sanitized Easter with aromatic lilies and colourful eggs.

But we must know exactly why the Father let His Son hang on the cross and why Jesus chose not to escape it. We need to grasp the glory of His resurrection. What blending of love and power can we see in these events? It’s almost as if Jesus could hear the tearful praises of future believers singing:

My sin — O, the bliss of this glorious tho’t —
My sin — not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!¹

The resources on this page help you better understand what really happened when Jesus died and rose from the dead, why there was no other alternative, and why it makes all the difference today!

Easter greets the Australian public by the end of January each year, regardless of the number of weeks until the actual day. Hot Cross buns, Easter eggs and the now famous Australian Easter Bilby, herald the coming of the first holiday break of the New Year. It also coincides with the start of the footy season and the encroaching coldness of winter.

Sadly, Easter has become a festival of chocolate for many rather than a time to remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ gave for us, that we may have eternal life. And while the excitement of Easter morning has been overshadowed by the traditional egg hunt, many of us wake up Easter morning to the cry ‘He is Risen,” acknowledging the empty tomb with a celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Easter is a sacred and holy time. It provides an opportunity once again for every Christian to share their faith in Jesus Christ.

We pray you will enjoy the range of articles, messages and activities as you remember the importance of Easter this year.

Articles:


A Good Man or the God-Man? The Case for the Deity of Jesus
A Hope Transfusion
An Easter Narrative

An Invitation
Celebrating the Songs of the Resurrection
Easter is Over…Now What?
Getting Past Guilt: Overcoming Barriers to Feeling Forgiven
Holding on Loosely
Hope Beyond Failure
How Does the Death of Jesus Save Me?
Let’s Do It My Way
Not To Worry ... He’s Risen
Off Limits
The Devil Made Me Do It?
The Full Gospel ... And Nothing More
The Reason for the Resurrection
The Trinity and Salvation
When Jesus Fails Your Expectations

 

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