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Every Easter, churches across the world celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joy swallowed up sorrow when Jesus stepped out of the tomb! The suffering and pain of the cross were swallowed up in victory. Every Easter, I celebrate that victory in a special way. The night before Easter is my spiritual birthday.
When I was six years old, my parents were learning how to share their faith. They learned verses and illustrations to help them share the gospel, and they often gave me a sheet of paper with what they were learning. Then they tried to say the gospel outline by heart, and I told them whether they got it right or not. God used their practicing the gospel on me to tell me the truth again and again. Then one Saturday night, I asked my parents to share the gospel with me “for real,” not just to practice on me. They did, and I asked Jesus into my heart.
The next morning was Easter. I’m sure the service was glorious, the music was beautiful, and the sermon was awesome. But all I could think about was the invitation—how could we get from the balcony where we sat to the front of the church during the invitation? I didn’t want to miss my chance to show the church that I had accepted Christ. The invitation came, my parents and I immediately got up and walked down the stairs in the front of the sanctuary, and we made it to the first floor in plenty of time. With joy, we told a minister that I had accepted Christ, and the next week or so, I was baptized.
The joy hasn’t stopped. Every day I am grateful to know God more and to love Him more fully. He has helped my family in the challenges of life, and He has given us many adventures. God has become the One who satisfies my soul (Psalm 107:9).
The life I have with God is possible because Jesus was willing to bear the sin and shame of every single person who has ever lived, including mine. Until just recently, I cringed to hear about the cruelty of the cross in a sermon. I still cringe, but the thought of Good Friday doesn’t make my heart twist and grieve like it used to. Jesus endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2)—the joy of reconciling the world to God, the joy of making eternal life available for everyone who believes in Himself, the joy of bringing about the purposes for which God created us. God’s desire is that we know Him (John 17:3), love Him (Mark 12:30), fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:3, 7), and share Him with the world (Matt 28:19-20). Inexpressible joy.
In just a few days, we will celebrate the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us and the resurrection that guarantees eternal life to all who believe in Him. Eternal life is possible because Jesus defeated sin and death. He is our Victor, our Champion, and our Joy.
This is the last post in our "What Easter Means to Me" series. I hope this series blessed your heart, and Happy Easter!
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