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How can you make more of Easter?

It's true that the real meaning of Easter has become so wrapped up in the packaging that it can be really difficult to get to the centre of what it is all about. We hope this site will help unwrap Easter for you. 

Much of the wrapping is fun - Easter Eggs, Easter Bunnies and celebration and all that surrounds it. 

But if that is all easter means to us we are really are missing out on on what Easter is really all about. 

 

At the centre of Easter is a Cross

Right at the centre of the original Easter story is a CROSS.  And for Christians the Easter message although at first sight may seem one of sadness and death, it is actually one of joy and life. The key is not the cross itself, as sadly many suffered this under the Romans, but it was WHO was on the Cross. Jesus.

 

You see the Christian faith is built on a message of HOPE.  We believe that the Easter message is as important today as it was 2000 years ago.

 

A message of Hope

The cross tells us that there is a God. Many people these days would say we don’t need God but I think in our heart of hearts, many believe there must be more to life than just time and chance and that there must be “someone” out there. Easter tells us not only that there is a God who is “out there,” but that He has made himself known to us through Jesus – God become man.

 

                                   The cross tells us that God loves us. Jesus’ death was no

                                   accident - it was an act of supreme love. It was God

                                   reaching out his hands as they stretched him out on the

                                   cross and saying, “This is how much I love you!”

 

One of Jesus’ closest friends said

“This is real love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”*

 

This brings us to the fact that …

The cross tell us there is a problem. The word Jesus’ friend uses is “sin” not a popular word but an important one because it is the wrong stuff in our lives that separates us from God’s love.

 

But the cross and resurrection tell us there is a solution.

That was why Jesus needed to give his life at Easter for us.

The great news is that it is not the end of the story.

The cross is followed by the resurrection – Jesus coming

back to life. The Bible tells us that the sacrifice Jesus made changed everything!

  

 * From the Bible - 1 John 4:10 (NLT)


Written by Steve Harris , The Net Cardiff Coordinator.
Steve is an ordained minister and has spent many years communicating the Christian message in creative and innovative ways