For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
So how does Easter change everything?
You may have heard the story a thousand times. You may never have heard it. For many, It’s the greatest story of good vs evil since of all time, and in fact, the story starts soon after time began. God made a good world – no pain, no sadness, no hunger or injustice, no sickness and no death.
But then a villain enters the story and he ruins everything. He tricks humanity into believing that there is something better than God’s perfect world; and we fall for it!
This is when sin enters the world. Most people understand it sin as; doing bad things that makes a distant God angry at you. But really, it’s much worse than that. God made a perfect world and sin is everything that is less than perfect. That includes us.
The world is a mess. We know that. So, what do we do? We’re now imperfect people in a no-longer prefect world, so we can’t look to ourselves for the answer. This story needs a hero.
That hero is Jesus. He’s God’s son and he is also God himself, which means he is perfect. In fact, his perfection means he is the only one who can win this war against the villain and his 'dominion of darkness'.
But Jesus isn’t the hero you’d expected.
Jesus brought a message of God’s love to a hurting world, sharing that God is alive here and now, and that he loves you to the ends of the earth.
Through Jesus, God transformed the lives of people every day. The blind could see, the deaf could hear, criminals became beacons of hope to their communities.
But the religious leaders hated Jesus. Before Jesus came along, they had the power and made themselves great, just like us. So, in the ultimate act of rejection, they had him killed.
In every epic story of good vs evil, there comes a point where hope seems to be lost, the hero appears weak and the wrong side looks like it is winning, and this story is no different. Hope appeared to be lost for good as Jesus; the man who was supposed to be the son of God, saviour of the world, and fixer of everything that was broken, was arrested, tortured and nailed to a Roman cross where he was left to die.
Hope must have ebbed away from everyone who had believed in Him as they watched life slowly leave him.
So why do we celebrate Easter, and how does Easter change anything, let alone everything?
Because the story doesn’t end there.
Jesus did die. He had to. In fact, it’s essential to the next part of the story. He was placed in a tomb that was sealed by a boulder and watched by Roman guards, but after three days of being dead and buried, Jesus walked out of the tomb, very much alive.
This is Easter and this is how it changes everything:
Because God is perfect, for us to have life in a perfect world requires perfection; something that we could never achieve. The only alternative is death.
But God loved us too much to leave us in that place of brokenness
; so he sent Jesus into the world to live the life that we cannot live (a perfect one), to die the death that we should have died (a consequence of sin) and to rise from death to give us the new life that we could never have had; life in the kingdom of the son He loves (Colossians 1:14)
Whatever you feel towards God, Jesus or church, our prayer for you this Easter is that you would know that God loves you; that He loves you so much that He gave everything to win you back and to live life with you. Our prayer this Easter is that you would know that #EasterChangesEverything