What Does Easter Mean For Us?
Please note I did not ask what Easter means to us, I asked what it means for us.
You can see it’s a very different question. Let me to you you what Easter can means for you, by telling you what Easter means for me. Hopefully what it means for me, applies to you also and maybe what is true for me, is already is true for you, and if not, it can be. Ephesians tells us this;
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Eph 1: 18-19a)
The writer says there are three things he wants us to understand.
1 Hope. – That we may know the hope to which he has called us.
2 Riches. – He is not talking about money but the riches of his glorious inheritance as the people of God.
3 Power. – And that we might also know his incomparable great power.
He mentions these three things and tells us that we should know and experience these things when living amongst Gods people.
What is the great power that those who believe, can grasp hold of?
This power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (Eph 1: 19b-20)
He wants you to and experience the power behind the resurrection of Christ. Jesus was dead, and God raised him to life again, and that used God’s incomparable great power.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world. (Eph 2:1)
When he talks about being dead, he is not talking about our physical death but the fact we are or were spiritually dead. Before we became a Christian, you were spiritually dead, but now, he made us alive. Even when you were dead in sin and wickedness his resurrection power made us alive again in Christ.
This is the first thing that Easter means for me personally. I have been brought back to life to God. Easter means new life for me because by the death of Jesus for my sin, I was born again into the family of God. When I heard that message and understood it for the first time everything changed for me. That day I believe for the first time I recognized two things at once. I had probably already believed these things individually, but it was when God put them together in my mind then I finally knew I was made right with him. Those two things were?
Firstly, I was living outside the ways of God, I definitely knew that even as a teenager, I only had to look at my life.
Secondly, God loved me. Two things previously polar opposites in my mind, in a moment came together.
Things that individually that were a stumbling block on the journey for me, became the actual route to my salvation when brought together. God loved me, even though I was a moral mess, yet because he loved me he sent Jesus who died for my sin, in order that I might know and experience the fact that God loves me.
That was the first thing I got because of Easter, I was born again, into the family of God
There is a second thing Easter means for me.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Eph 3: 14-17a)
I not only gained a new life in God, but I also got a new strength to help me live my life. Things I couldn’t do or change in my own strength now with Gods help and with God’s grace I can do.
That you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3; 17b-19)
The Bible really wants us to get this, to understand the amazing scope of the love of God.
- The width of his love is to include all nations creeds and colours, all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- The length of his love is from eternity to eternity.
- The depth of his love is extended to the depth of any depravity so much so that God wants to reach down and pull us out of our sinful lives.
- The height of his love is that it reaches up to the heavenlies and into the very thrown room of God.
A child does not fully understand the love of a parent until they are mature and they themselves becomes a parent. That’s what this passage is saying, “I am praying, he says, that you might come to full maturity, to fully understand how much God loves you. The night I accepted Christ as my saviour as a teenager, I knew that God loved me, but it was not until years later, probably 15 years later, that I finally understood the depth of God’s love. Today I understand the love of God more than I have ever understood it before and that’s what the Easter means for me.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3: 20-21)
This tells me that God desires to bring us all to a higher level of spiritual maturity. It is entirely possible for every believer in Jesus Christ to know the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, in their life. It is entirely possible for God to give you the strength, to take you through life and live in a way that is obedient to God and to know the blessing of God. That is the power of Easter, and that is what Easter mean for me. It means I got a new life, I got to be born again and I got new strength, a strength to live that life in a way that is more in line with Gods plan for my life. I also get a third thing.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4: 30)
This is an amazing scripture, because God doesn’t say don’t disobey me or I will punish you. It says don’t sin, because it grieves me, and also remember I have sealed your salvation until the day of redemption. Even though I may grieve (upset) him, my salvation is sealed by him until the day of redemption.
When we sin as Christians, it doesn’t bring about God wrath, all it means is that we are hurting someone who loves us. The anger of God wrath can still fell upon our sin, but not upon us, the sinner.
That is what Easter means for me. I get a new life and I get the power of God in my life and I get to have my sins forgiven. However, I don’t just get Good Friday and I don’t just get new life. Furthermore, I don’t just get the power to live that new life and I don’t even just get to have my sins forgiven, I get Easter Monday as well. It means that because Jesus arose from the dead and went to heaven. It means that when I die, I too get resurrected, I too get to go to heaven to be with my heavenly father and that is what Easter means for me.
Let me tell you how this can apply to you also, but only under certain conditions.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1: 18-19a)
All you have to do is believe, believe what Good Friday and Easter Monday tells us about God’s plan for us. That’s he died for your sin, then he rose again. If you believe in that, if trust in that, and that alone, it will get you to heaven.
I’ve told you what Easter means for me, let me remind you what Easter can mean for you.
It means you can have a new life, you can have a new power to live that new life. If you really believe and trust in that then you get to live it out not only in this life, but you get to experience it throughout eternity. But the decision you have to make is simply to believe. Note, I didn’t say you have to be religious, note I didn’t even say you have to go to church. I just said you have to believe in him, plus, nothing else.
Please note, I am not suggesting you should join a church this Easter Sunday. I am not even asking you to do go out and do good things. I am just telling you what this book teaches. Because;
“by grace we are saved, but not of ourselves but it is the gift of God, not of any good works let anyone should boast”. (Ephesians 2: 8)
That is what Easter means for me. It can mean the same for you this morning as well.
God Bless you and Happy Easter – He is Risen.