Easter Means to Me
"…Christ died for our
sins…he was buried, and…he rose again the third day according to
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"In my Father's house
are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where
I am, there ye may be also."
is our example. He lived a 100% sin free life. His every word and
action were pleasing to the Father. (John 8:29) Try as we might,
we'll never duplicate His sinlessness.
Of course, Jesus was not just a human
being; He was God in the flesh. A citizen of Heaven, He visited
earth long enough to accomplish the mission of dying in our place.
Although the Bible says that He was tempted like we are, He was
also able to envision the beauty, pleasure and holiness of heaven.
In comparison, the sinful pleasures this life has to offer seemed
to Him like a worthless counterfeit. He probably felt homesick every
Like Jesus, heaven is my real home.
The Bible tells me that at the moment of salvation, I am spiritually
seated in heavenly places. That means that when the heavenly role
call is read, the Holy Spirit replies, "Here!" to my name being
called. But until I've seen heaven with my eyes, it's hard for me
to call it "home." It's hard for me not to feel the pull of earthly
things. The less I think about heaven, and the more I focus on right
now, the more I sin.
Each time I sin, I get discouraged
with myself. I'm frustrated at the constant battle between my flesh
and my spirit, and I can't get rid of the flesh or its desires as
long as I live.
why the Easter story holds such promise for me. Because Jesus didn't
stay dead, because he came back to life and ascended back to His
heavenly home, I know that this life is not the end for me. One
day, heaven won't be just a hazy promise; it'll be a reality. And
the number one heavenly benefit I'm looking forward to is getting
rid of the day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute battle to
The flesh will be a thing of the past,
and in that heavenly context, purity will feel as natural as breathing
does to me now. Until then, God just asks that I pass through the
battle zone of this life while avoiding the scars of sin as much
But one day, I won't be just a purity
girl in the making; I'll truly deserve the title. No more struggle
to be what God wants me to be; my reward will be a simple, "Well
done…welcome home, my daughter!"
When I finally see my homeland with
my own eyes, when I smell the heavenly breeze and feel the river
of life flowing through my hands, I'll feel as though I've been
there all my life and my earthly life will seem but a shadowy dream.
All will be peace and purity, and the word "sin" won't even exist
in my vocabulary. Jesus made that future my reality. And that's
what Easter means to me.