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The Three Easter Messages
Every year as Easter approaches during Holy Week the emphasis is focused on the messages of Easter. There are three of them, and many people fail to realize that. They focus on one and fail to realize that the three messages are interrelated. So, we must realize that there are three messages and that they are equally very important: They are Jesus’ crucifixion, our guaranteed salvation, and the fact that Jesus rose from the dead.
We start our realization with this: Why did God plan to sacrifice His only begotten Son? For 2000 years Christians have spread the message: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have eternal life." This was the first message of Easter.
We continue our realization with this: As soon as Jesus drew His last breath our salvation was guaranteed. There was no salvation until Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. This was the second message of Easter.
We end our realization with this: Jesus for told His resurrection when scribes and Pharisees demanded He produce a sign to prove what He was teaching. Jesus alluded many time during His ministry on earth that he would be crucified but that He would rise again on the third day. That happened exactly as He prophesied. He appeared and proved Himself to the Apostles. He appeared to other people as well. He was radiant, young looking (about 30 years old), and very handsome. The Apostles did not recognize Him. Jesus had to show them the wounds of His crucifixion as proof. This was the third message of Easter.
We must forever be thankful for God's plan that was finalized on that very first Easter Sunday, and that Jesus willingly helped it to be completed. We must also be forever thankful for every Easter Sunday that reminds us and gives us the proof, hope, and satisfaction that our salvation is there and guaranteed as long as we believe and earn it through good earthly behavior. A guaranteed salvation and the knowledge that Jesus rose again from the dead is very, very comforting. So is the reminder we receive every Easter Sunday.