Christians celebrate two special holidays each year, Christmas as the birth of Jesus and Easter for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus as a human child as a gift from God to live among us, provide a model life for us to live by, to teach and give true and clear meaning to God’s Word was all a part of God’s greatest gift to mankind. That was only the beginning of God’s plan for His people. The path to God could only be completed by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus Christ gave up His life on Earth to take the weight of all our sins so that we can have forgiveness and salvation.
Crucified on the cross, buried in a tomb sealed by the Romans, with guards on watch around the clock, then on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave. He walked among many to show the fulfillment of the scriptures. Easter is the celebration of new life through Jesus Christ dying on the cross to take on all of our sins and then demonstrating His power over death. That is how we know He lives within each of us and one day we will join Him in Heaven.
Luke 23:26-43 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. 27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?” 32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” 38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ,[d] save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,[e] remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”