More than choco­late, bun­nies

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - King Sac­ri­fice Vic­tory Pas­tor De­van Fos­ter St Ni­cholas’ Rock­ing­ham

What three words sum­marise Easter? Choco­late? Bunny? Hol­i­day? Good things, but Easter is about so much more.

It’s about Je­sus: king, sac­ri­fice, vic­tory.

The Bi­ble teaches God made us — and there­fore is our king — but that each of us re­jected his rule. And we are warned that if we keep re­ject­ing him, one day he will re­ject us for­ever. But this is never his de­sire. So God comes to us in Je­sus to show us what kind of a king he is. And as he walks the earth, Je­sus proves he is God-in-flesh, our true king who does love us.

And King Je­sus de­clares he’s come “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ran­som for many”. Our re­jec­tion of him de­serves eter­nal death, yet Je­sus would save us from that.

So he dies in our place that we might not die, but be for­given and re­ceive eter­nal life. The king dies for us.

But Easter doesn’t end with death; it ends with Je­sus be­ing raised from death.

This changes ev­ery­thing. It proves he is God and our true king, who lov­ingly sac­ri­ficed him­self and resurrected for us that we might be with him for eter­nity. How will you re­spond?

Don’t refuse such love. Cel­e­brate King Je­sus this Easter with his peo­ple at a lo­cal church.

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