As easter approaches I thought I would highlight the importance of Easter and why we celebrate it. Not just Jesus’ death and resurrection, but why those are important.
Below are several Bible passages that hopefully help show the importance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I am wary of taking small chunks of the Bible out of context, they are all within the same context here but if you want to check then feel free to open up a Bible and look at the rest of the chapters I have quoted.
In short when God created mankind the world was perfect and we would live with him forever. Genesis 3 chronicles the fall of man and how Sin entered the world.
Before Christ came the Jews had to sacrifice animals in their place to take away their sin so on death they could enter Heaven. God cannot let anything sinful into Heaven.
Jesus, Son of God the Father came to Earth to undo this, to be the sacrifice for all time and take away the sins of all who believe in Him and what He did. He died on the cross taking our sins with Him and He rose again 3 days later conquering death and showing it had no power over Him.
All we need do is believe this and we will go to Heaven for all time. The alternative is Hell, there is no other.
And this is Christianity in a nutshell. This is what I believe, I pray you believe it too.
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 15:3
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:20
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.