Easter reminds of God’s gift

Debra Whittington

“The Lord is risen indeed…” Luke 24:34

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Peter 3:8-9

“I know that man!” the little girl suddenly exclaimed. It was during the children’s portion of the morning worship service when a little girl put her hand above her eyes and looked down and all around. She said she imagined God looking down from heaven through the clouds and picking out every individual in the world. She took great delight in her faith that God is looking down on every one of us.

Yes, God knows that man and he knows every man, woman, boy, and girl. He desires that every one of them to be saved. He also provided a way as well: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus came to this earth 2,000 years ago as a tiny baby, grew up, and then at the age of 30 began his ministry. In only a few years, he spread his message of love, hope, and salvation to the entire world. Then, with the Father’s plan complete, he made the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross for the sins of all mankind. It is the greatest act of love of all eternity and yet the story doesn’t end there.

Three days later, Jesus arose from the dead. When the women went back to the tomb on that third day, they found it empty and thought someone had stolen Jesus’ body. While they stood there in panic, an angel appeared to them. “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. (Matthew 28:5-8)

This great news was told not only to the disciples, but also to many others during the time Jesus remained on the earth. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave instructions that are now known as the Great Commission.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).

The story of Easter is still fresh and exciting even after all these years. I know in my own life that even after the numerous times I’ve read this account, I still get excited knowing that my Lord conquered death and brought salvation to the entire world, to me. All those many years ago, God looked down on this earth as his son made the ultimate sacrifice because He loved us so much.