“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NASB
Tomorrow is Easter, and to some that merely means eggs, chocolate and bunnies, or my favorite, a chocolate bunny.
But for those who follow Jesus Christ, it’s the most precious day of the year. It’s the day the first believers found the tomb empty, after Jesus had been murdered and put inside it three days earlier. Easter is a day to be with family, sure, but more importantly, it’s a day to thank the God who had enough love for us to allow his son to be executed for our bad behavior.
So, the tomb was empty. It may seem ordinary if you’ve heard the story all your life or even once a year. But it’s a sign of the biggest miracle that has happened in the history of the world. The empty tomb means Jesus is alive. People have had near-death experiences, but they always end up dying again. Because Jesus rose from the dead, with witnesses seeing him alive that first Easter, those who believe in him can rise from the dead, too. That’s what Heaven and eternal life are about.
My Easter wish for you is that you will one day, like Mary in John 20:18, say: “I have seen the Lord.”
If you have not made the decision to see Jesus one day, attend church tomorrow. There are hundreds of churches across East Texas that will tell the story of the cross, the tomb and an amazing sacrifice just for you. People will welcome you warmly. The music will be inspiring and the smiles contagious.
The chocolate bunny will be waiting.
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.