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Nineteen Reasons Why Easter Matters

Easter is right around the corner. Here are twenty reasons why that matters.

    1. Because Jesus kept His word (Mark 8:31).
    2. Because it means that the cross, where Jesus died, is not the end of the story.
    3. Because it proves that the plans of God cannot be stopped.
    4. Because we were all once dead in our sin (Eph. 2:1). The cross and resurrection made a way for us to be alive in Christ (Rom. 6:11).
    5. Because hope just won’t stay dead.
    6. The resurrection makes Jesus a standout.
      • Buddha’s body was cremated and placed into relics.
      • Muhammad is buried in a mosque in Saudi Arabia.
      • The founder of Scientology was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the ocean.
      • The central figure of Rastafarianism is interred in a cathedral in Ethiopia.

      In contrast, tourists who visit the tomb of Jesus will find that it is empty.

    7. Since He overcame death, there is nothing in our lives or in our world that Jesus cannot overcome.
    8. It gives us this big story to tell: Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grave. It’s a story the world desperately needs to hear. This mission gives our lives purpose.
    9. Because one day we will follow Jesus’ example and rise from the dead (1 Thess. 4:16). Death won’t have the final say in our lives either.
    10. If Easter weren’t true, if Christ did not rise from the dead, the rest of the Bible would be meaningless. (But He did!)
    11. The resurrection is the piece of the puzzle that makes the rest of Jesus’ life make sense. He came so He could die. He died so He could rise.
    12. Because we can’t fix our own sin problem, we are spiritually dead. But Jesus’ resurrection provides hope.
      In John 5:24, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”Faith in Christ moves us from the tomb created by our sin to eternal life. We can understand this picture because Jesus rose from a physical tomb.
    13. Because it proves the sovereignty of God. (He is in control.)
    14. Because it proves the power of God. (He cannot be stopped.)
    15. Because it proves the weakness of man. Even powerful men, who worked double-time to kill Jesus, were ultimately defeated.
    16. Because it proves Jesus’ divinity. (Jesus is God!)
    17. Because it makes death less scary. Since death has no hold on God, we can put our hope in Him when we face the loss of those we love.
    18. Because it validates what we believe. Christianity set the world on fire after the resurrection. The apostles got busy starting churches and preaching the Good News. Most of them were martyred for their faith. It’s worth asking, would they have sacrificed so much and seen so many lives change if the resurrection of Jesus’ didn’t really happen?
    19. It tells the story of our future. When Dietrich Bonhoeffer was being taken to the gallows, he said to a friend, “This is the end, but for me it is the beginning of life.”

That’s true for all of us. Death simply marks the beginning of eternal life. If we are Christians, we spend eternity with Jesus.

Would you mind helping me finish the list? What’s one more reason why Easter matters? Leave us a comment below with your answer. I’ll choose three of you to win The Wonder of His Name Note Cards to help you share who Jesus is with others.

Happy Easter! He is risen!

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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