The Joy of Easter

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!

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (8)

  • anon

    Katy,
    What a wonderdful recollection of the day you gave your life to Christ.  Your story reminds me of my daughter's baptsim last year.  She was 5 and wanted to give her life to Chirst.
    I pray you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    Erica, thank you for sharing about your daughter. That is wonderful she was so little and wanted to know Jesus. God bless your Easter as well, and thanks for stopping by!
     

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    Hello!!  Stopping by from Christian Women Blogs.  I agree, as I get older, I cringe less because I internalize the joy that He knew was set before Him.  The pain He endured was an act of love.  Lovely post, thanks for sharing your story!

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    Hi, Sherri! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. God bless you!

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    It's wonderful to use this week as a week of rememberance!! Love this!
     

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Starla! I appreciate your stopping by and commenting. Happy Easter!

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    What a perfect reminder that there is joy and hope in the crucifixtion! Death was not victorious and there is so much to celebrate at Easter!  
     

    Mar 31, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Sarah Ann, for stopping by and for what you said. Praise God that death was not victorious over Jesus, and He has power over all things! Happy Easter.
     

    Mar 31, 2015

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