Do you know that there are 6 greatest gifts of Easter that you can claim as your own? I’m not talking about the gifts that can be consumed, but the gifts that are very important for your life and that can last forever.
Hi, Happy Easter! This is Sam Stone at Spirit Reform.
Unlike Christmas, Easter is a day with contrasting emotions because it is a day of both joy and doubt. It gives us joy because we celebrate an amazing event in human history—the resurrection of Christ, but there is also a hidden doubt in any reasonable person, questioning whether it was possible for Jesus Christ to rise from the dead. In fact, even one of Jesus’ own disciples, Thomas, doubted it.
Today, even if you have doubts about Jesus’ resurrection, you still can’t deny the earthshattering impact of the day. For example, it broke human history into two parts—BC and AD, or to be politically correct, BCE and CE. Whichever term you use, it still marks human history based on what happened on the first Easter.
We tend to think that Christmas was the focal point between BC and AD. However, without Easter, Christmas would have been much less meaningful.
Every time, you put down your signature and the date, you are referencing Jesus Christ because you are referencing the calendar (Anno Domini) based on his resurrection, whether you are a believer or not. There is no other single event or person that has made a similar impact in human history.
It is a “You can run but you cannot hide” situation. Someone may run from the absurdity of resurrection, but they cannot hide from the ubiquitous impact of Easter. It’s on your watch, your cellphone, and your computer. Buses runs, ships sail, and airplane fly on this calendar.
You just can’t escape it. A reasonable person would have no choice but to embrace the resurrection of Jesus Christ as an earthshattering event that has influenced every corner of the earth.
At this point, you might ask, “OK, fair enough! Easter is a big deal, but what’s in it for me then?” There are six life-changing gifts of Easter up for grabs. Using the word EASTER as an acrostic, let’s briefly look into each of these gifts:
Easter gives us a glimpse of eternity. When you claimed this gift, you will not see the world the same ever again. Life becomes extremely short through the lens of eternity. All the complaints about life becomes trivial in your eyes if you see it through the lens of eternity. All the bickering, fights, and divisions in our society become utter vanity.
All the pain and suffering of life becomes bearable because you begin to realize that it’s temporal. All your actions could have eternal impact, so you begin to choose your acts carefully.
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Many people think this eternal life is for us to enjoy only after death, but eternity is from eternal past to eternal future, the present is part of the eternity.
So, the moment you receive the gift of eternal life, you can experience it right here and right now, from this moment forward into the eternity. You continue to be in the world, but no longer of the world.
Let’s start with the worldly advantage. Last time I checked, there are 2.2 billion Christians around the world. That is about one out of every three human beings on earth. There is a big advantage of belonging to a large family with 2.2 billion members. At least, that means you will never be lonely again.
Wherever you go around the world, you will always find a brother or sister ready to extend to you his or her help and hospitality. Of course, not every sibling is a friendly one, just like that of any family, but from 2.2 billion siblings, you always find someone to lean on.
Most importantly, even in your most lonely state, you have the Heavenly Father or Mother for counsel and comfort. The Bible says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” (Eph 2:19). Notice it says that you are a member “of the household of God.” You are part of God’s family. That’s a huge advantage.
Easter is all about surprises. Mary Magdalene was surprised to see Jesus in the garden next to the tomb. At first, she thought Jesus was a gardener. Then she heard Jesus calling her name, and she received a pleasant surprise. The disciples were obviously surprised to see their teacher again.
Being part of the Easter family means you will encounter many pleasant surprises and miracles beyond your imagination, including many blessings in disguise. If you love surprises, you are in for a treat! The Bible says, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Co 2:9). It says God has in store for you surprises beyond your imagination. It’s a huge advantage.
Easter did not just end with surprises. It is life-transforming. The disciples, who were like cowards hiding in the upper room, fear of being arrested and crucified like their teacher, were transformed into heroes and warriors who risked their lives to spread the good news and change the world.
Their transformation is a strong evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ based on forensic psychology because people would not give their lives for a lie. It was not just the lives of the disciples that were transformed. Over the past two thousand years, there were uncountable real-life stories of transformation.
The Bible says, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Co 5:17). When you claim this gift, your life will be transformed forever.
Not only that your life will be transformed when you become a person of Easter, you will be empowered to transform the world around you. There are many problems around us and in our society that you might feel powerless to do anything about, but Easter promised the gift of power to those who claim it.
Paul said, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Php 4:13). Notice, it says “all things,” not just something. It is a mind-boggling promise of empowerment.
The last but not the least. How do you claim all the above greatest gifts? The secret is right here: Reconciliation. All problems in this word is caused by broken relationships—from petty crimes to international wars. Every suffering has something to do with a broken relationship. Sin is nothing but broken relationships—with God and with fellow human beings.
Easter invites us to reconcile with God and with people. It invites us to forgive and be forgiven, and to love and to be loved. The Bible says, “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Co 5:19).
Once you reconcile yourself with God, you become a trusted person to carry the good news of reconciliation.
When you claim the gift of reconciliation, you also receive the gift of Eternity, Advantage, Surprises, Transformation, Empowerment, and become a warrior of Reconciliation.
This Easter season, make sure you claim these six greatest gifts and have an even happier Easter than ever!