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3 Generations of Grahams Reflect on the Meaning of Easter

BILLY GRAHAM
“I look forward to Easter every year as the most important day of the year. It is a holy day in which we remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the Cross for our sins and in which we celebrate His resurrection, which brings hope to all of us.

For the Christian, the Cross tells us that God understands our suffering, for He took upon Himself at the Cross all of our sins and all of our failures.  He was saying from the Cross, “I love you and I know the heartaches and the sorrows and the pain that you feel.”

Easter points us beyond the tragedy of the Cross to the hope of the empty tomb.  It tells us that there is hope for eternal life, for Christ has conquered death.  It also tells us that God has triumphed over evil and hell.  All of Christianity is built on the resurrection, and if you take it out we have no Christianity left and the Cross has no meaning.

It is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have the answer to the great question of the ages: “If mortals die, can they live again?” The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live. The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.”

FRANKLIN GRAHAM
“When thinking about the meaning of Easter consider what leads up to this holy day. Trees have lost their leaves, flowers have shed their petals, and earth’s terrain has turned brown and barren. So much of nature lies dormant. But there is hope, for Easter is the gateway to springtime. Life springs forth from beneath the earth, flowers bloom, trees bud, and green grass enriches the landscape. It is the time of the year that shouts Resurrection! From death, new life springs forth.

Before the joy of Easter dawned, Jesus Christ the Savior of the world gave His life on the cross. Willingly, He shed His priceless blood at Calvary to cleanse our sin-darkened hearts. He rose from the grave and offers salvation – new life – to the human race. Because of His great compassion and His deep love for those who would follow Him, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live? (John 11:25). This most precious gift is for all those who will repent of sin and come to the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the hope and the assurance of Easter – Resurrection Day.”

 

WILL GRAHAM
“As a pastor, my favorite services were the Christmas Eve service and the Easter Sunrise service. I loved preaching those services. The messages are simple, yet profound, and form the basis for all that we as Christians believe. God sent His Son to be born a man in humble manger, and then ultimately take our sins to the Cross and be crucified, conquering death and the grave.

As many have said before, without Christmas there would be no Easter, and without Easter, Christmas would be irrelevant. What does Easter mean to me? Everything!”

 

 

 

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  1. Linda Lim says:

    Personally, Easter meant VICTORY ! There are many trials and countless never ending problems in life but we serve a LIVING God and He lives ! ALIVE and VICTORY interlocks each other. To God be the glory !!

  2. Joyce Mathews says:

    I shed tears when I think of Jesus’ birth, because he was pure and innocent, but was born for me and you, to die a HORRIBLE death, because we are so sinful by nature. I then shed MORE tears because he loved each and every one of us enough to go to the cross for us. We will never be worthy,but through his unselfless act,we will be held sinless and worthy to enter heaven and be in the presence of God. I cannot fathom a greater love than that.

  3. Gloria Skinner says:

    Jesus is alive; He is not dead…so Easter reminds me all He has done to show us He loves us.
    We have been set free to worship Him and He will come back as He promised. That is what Easter means to me.

  4. Jesus. The perfect lamb of God who took away my sin and gave me life instead.

  5. Linda Adkisson says:

    It brings me peace that comes with knowledge.

  6. Tiffany Stout says:

    Easter means love–endless, living Love—Jesus! He loves today just as He did when He died and Rose from the dead and gave us a way to our Father! Thank you Jesus!

  7. Deborah Warren says:

    Easter is the most important time of the year – it reminds us that Christ was crucified and rose again – all for our sins and to know that He is coming back again for us some day! I look forward to that day when I shall be in my eternal home! Thank you God for sending your son to die for our sins!

  8. Wil says:

    I don’t know what to think. I do know that MY HEAVENLY FATHER is alive and he will guide my thoughts. Everything that has happen is just to big for me to put into words. I am just grateful that GOD choose to lead me back to him and I was able to answer this call. For our FATHER loves us all no matter what sin we have done and that is what EASTER means to me. 🙂

  9. Rosita Tiong says:

    Easter for me is to look Jesus who lived up a life of suffering and forgiveness of our sin. HimasourLord and Master ,we have to follow and obey Him, He Command us to love our enemies and thus to forgive their wrong doing to us. Thank you Jesus you are my all and all

  10. PHILIP ADEWUSI says:

    Easter symbolizes Peace, Joy, Love, Humility, Patience, Forbearance, and Fulfillment. Cos’ greater love hath no man than for that man to lay down his life for his friends. Easter connotes the true meaning of friendship and Love; Jesus Christ is the essence of the subject matter. His death and Resurrection brought meaning to life and hope for the dead in Christ.
    I am so grateful and happy that i am a beneficiary of the sacrifices Christ has paid on the cross of Calvary. You ask me How?
    Its just a simple basic steps: “Come unto me (Jesus Christ), all ye that are labor and heavy laden, and I (Christ) will give you rest”.
    Thus, the first and foremost step is to come to God via Jesus, cos, his hands are wide open to receive whosoever that come to him, then he will wash away our heart and cleanse us from our sins with his blood that he shed on the cross.
    Another question people ask is “why should i come to him?”, “How did i became a sinner?”, or “I am not among those who kill or crucify Jesus!”
    But “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. We are to come to him because that is the purpose of his coming to die for our sins; we are to come to him, because only through him, is salvation brought to mankind; we are to come to him because, He only, has the power and ability to unite us to God, and put an end to all our troubles here on earth. Yes, we became a sinner while we were born to earth, and also from the era of Adam and Eve (when they disobeyed). but Christ, even when we were yet sinners, He died for us.
    The precedings,and aftermath of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, are all the plans of God for man’s redemption to God.
    It pays to believe, accept and follow the doctrines of eternal life with Jesus Christ.
    ……SHALOM!…

  11. Beth says:

    Easter means Christ arose to live forever and we can too if we live in his likeness …
    It also represents a season of new growth and rebirth!!! What a time of light and encouragement!
    I am trying to help my 5 year old grandson understand what the Cross stands for … he told me he wanted a cross and I got one for him but I wanted him to have some understanding of what the Cross stands for.

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