EASTER (Part 1)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
When you hear the word “Easter” it might bring to mind baskets full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Or maybe Easter egg hunts in the backyard. Or maybe even putting on your Sunday best to come to church.
But what is Easter really all about? That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
To understand what Jesus did at Easter, we have to go all the way back to the beginning of time, when God created everything.God made the world and everything in it. He created Adam and Eve – the first people and he put them in a beautiful garden to live. The world was perfect. Adam and Eve had a good relationship with God – they got to see him and talk with him. The garden was filled with gentle animals and great food to eat. There was only one tree in the garden which God had said “do not eat from this tree.”
God had given humans only one rule. And as we read, they couldn’t even obey that one rule.
READ: Genesis 3:2-6
In following the serpent’s advice and eating the fruit, Eve and Adam had disobeyed God. The perfection that had been in the world was destroyed. People had brought sin into this world. Sin took away the good relationship that Adam and Eve had with God. Sin separates us from God. It creates this great distance between us – a gulf, a chasm.
For thousands of years, people have tried to cross that distance. But we can’t do it. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news. We may not be able to cross the distance, but God can. And he did.
God loves us so much. He wants to have a good relationship with us, like he had at the beginning with Adam and Eve. He doesn’t want our sin to keep us away from him. So the Father sent his son, Jesus, to earth. Jesus left heaven. He came to earth so that he could make a way for us to have that good relationship with God again. But how could he do that? Remember back in the garden? God had told Adam and Eve that eating of the tree would cause them to die. Sin brings death and separation from God. Jesus came to take our death for us. The word for that is sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins.
Closing prayer: (We’ve been doing a repeat after me prayer)
Dear Jesus, Thank you for sending Jesus to make a way for us to have a good relationship with you again. Thank you for loving me. Amen.