This weekend is not about a bunny; it’s about a Lamb.
The Babe born in Bethlehem at Christmas
is the sacrificial Lamb of Good Friday
and the Risen Lord of Easter!
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, within a few miles of some shepherds tending their sheep.
But those weren’t ordinary shepherds and those weren’t common sheep.
Those shepherds were tending the perfect, unblemished lambs destined to become temple sacrifices….
Lambs that would be killed to take away the people’s sin.
Yes, it was to shepherds watching over the temple sacrifices that angels announced the birth of Jesus…
the Lamb of God who would be killed to take away the sins of the world.
Friday looked like the end, but it was just the beginning!
Starting on Easter Sunday…
Roman soldiers guarding the tomb felt an earthquake, saw an angel, and dropped “like dead men.”
The angel moved the stone, revealing nothing but an empty tomb!
The grave clothes lay there…
in the shape of the body that had been resurrected — just got up and left through the cloth strips!
Two worshipping women fell at the risen Jesus’ feet, physically holding onto Him.
The risen Jesus walked, talked and ate with groups and individuals.
The risen Jesus appeared to 500 people at one time!
EVERY EASTER, we remember…
The tomb was empty!
Jesus is alive – and so is hope!
The old has gone the new has come!
The Lamb of God is Lord of all!
Easter is not about a bunny; it is about the Lamb who is Lord!
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
May the hope and joy of the Jesus’ resurrection fill you today and change you forever.