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What Easter Means to Me

"…Christ died for our sins…he was buried, and…he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."
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."
John 14:2-3

     Jesus 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 day.
     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.


     That's 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 stay pure.
     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 as possible.
     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.

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