Jesus Christ’s work on the earth is culminated in His death. This fulfilled God’s divine plan. In our modern society, it is not Christ who is revered and honored, but the holiday and the purchase of Easter eggs.
The responsibility of every parent and educator is to know what Christ and His death means, and then to take this meaning and educate our children. It is my observation that each year the eggs become more expensive, and the true meaning of Easter becomes cheaper. In our technological world, we know more about the functionality of our instruments than we do about the reason Jesus died for us.
What is the meaning of Easter?
The true meaning of Christ’s death is that Christ is Holy and that closely related to holiness is God’s righteousness. In the full council of God, it was decided that Christ, the Holy Son of God would fulfill the divine plan of God the Father. According to Herman Bavinck, everything derives from God’s will, even suffering.
42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
It was the will of the Father that determined the destiny of God the Son. Also, according to Bavinck, sin was of such a nature that it aroused God’s wrath, and only the atoning death of the God-man could satisfy God’s justice and still that wrath. Christ put Himself in our place; we deserved the wrath because of sin. He became the guarantor of the new covenant.
The next time you participate in communion, remember the cup reminds us of God’s wrath that was poured out on His only begotten Son. There are some theological words that have been lost at Easter. Wayne Grudem helps us in understanding them:
A sacrifice that bears God’s wrath to the end and in so doing, changes God’s wrath towards us into God’s favor.
The work Christ did in His life and death to earn our salvation.
Our sin is expiated, or taken away, so that we are made clean through Christ, who is our scapegoat.
This Easter, let us be thankful that God entered into covenant with Himself, knowing that no human being walking in sin qualified.
Isaiah the prophet had this revelation:
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
The most important event in history is the death, burial and resurrection. This event validated the truthfulness and inerrancy of Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, the penalty of sin is death.
Let us this Easter remember how much it cost Jesus, the Holy Son of God. Our salvation is costly. There is no cheap grace in this salvation. God hates sin, and as a Christian, so should we.
Bavinck, H. (2011). Reformed Theology. Baker Academic: Grand Rapid, Michigan.