We are now in the middle of the Easter season. For many this is a time of looking forward to colored eggs, candy, and Easter bunnies. For others it is a time of remembering Easter’s Christmas connection.
Jesus of Nazareth, the Baby whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas, grew up living a life free from sin as predicted by the prophets of the Old Testament. He led an itinerant ministry up and down the tiny country of Israel. He preached the message “The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand” while training twelve men to spread His message throughout the world.
In spite of all the good He did, in spite of the following He had among the people, the leaders, both religious and political, hated Him. They conspired against Him, arrested Him on fake charges, and held an illegal kangaroo court to convict Him of a crime He never committed. They pressured the Roman governorship to give Him a death sentence. Then they made sure the death sentence was carried out. All this, too, was predicted by the prophets of the Old Testament.
But that is not the end of the story. Three days later the event occurred that many celebrate on Easter Sunday. God raised Jesus of Nazareth from the dead signifying that He accepted Jesus’ payment for the penalty of our sins.
This same Jesus Who was born in a stable whose birthday we celebrate Christmas Day died to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind and Rose from the dead Easter morning to seal the deal for all time. It is now up to each one of us to accept that payment for the penalty of our sins. If you have not yet accepted that payment for the penalty of your sins I hope you will do so soon.
That is Easter’s Christmas connection.