What does that first Easter mean?
Some typical responses include: “Chocolate, bunnies, the cross, more chocolate, nothing, holidays, and even if Easter happened; so what?” A good place to look is for answers, is just after the first Easter took place. From Luke 24:33, we see that after Jesus appeared to the two men on the Emmaus Road, he went to eat the evening meal with his disciples, who were behind closed doors because they were afraid.
From this miraculous event, we can see that Easter brings FOUR qualities to make a difference in our lives:
a. Peace – v. 36
Jesus knew his disciples were confused and frightened so he said in verse 36, “Peace be with you.” All people ideally want to have peace for themselves. When people have peace in their lives they can stand strong even against great odds. But peace with God is even better! If you know Easter is true, you make your peace with Jesus, because as surely as he arose from the dead, he’s coming again for you. This helps us face the world with calmness, serenity, assurance, and confidence.
b. Joy – v. 41
Verse 41 is unusual: “While they still did not believe it because of joy…” They wanted to believe their joy; but their weak faith said, “This can’t be happening!” When Jesus settles our frustrations, then peace in turn brings: “joy”. Happiness and fun disappears when we’re sad, but with Jesus, we can have inner joy even in times of heartbreak.
c. Hope – v. 44
If Jesus fulfilled all prophecies concerning his first coming, he’ll surely fulfil the promise of verse 49 through the Holy Spirit. He has promised: to be with us and never leave us, to bless us; to comfort and guide us; to work all things out for our good; to protect us from evil, to answer our prayers; and to take us home to live with him forever.
d. Mission – vv 47- 49
And this Hope helps make us unashamed and gives us boldness to speak up about Jesus. Verses 47-49 tell us that our mission is to ‘step out’ and preach repentance and remission of sins to all nations beginning in our ‘Jerusalem’. What does this mean? You have to be truly sorry for your sins and be willing to stop those thoughts and actions that offend God. Then, he’ll remove those sins when you place them on Jesus’ cross and he’ll give you the strength through His Holy Spirit to change your life. What about you? Are you willing to live this life of peace, joy, hope and mission that only Jesus can offer – and share this good news with others?
Beautiful!!! ~thank you for publishing this. ♥♥♥
Thanks for sharing these glorious reminders of the true meaning of Easter!
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