There is beauty in Easter. Springtime has arrived and we see signs of new life everywhere in both plants and animals. This beauty can remind us of the new life that each of us has because of Jesus’ resurrection. I find Easter a great time for reflection on my own life and how Jesus’ sacrifice affects me. I have listed 5 Bible verses below and my thoughts on their relevance this Easter season.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Many of us harbor fears for earthly things such as spiders, mice, heights, and crowds. Fear of death is the highest on many of our lists. What will happen to our loved ones? How will people remember us? Have we lived our lives to the fullest? At this time of year, when we remember Jesus’ death, this Bible verse helps me remember that my life and all of my fears are in God’s hands. He can help me through all of my problems and can strengthen me as a person. We do not have to fear death because we have the assurance of eternal life that comes to us through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. Psalm 23: 1-3a.
We are God’s sheep and are protected, cared for, and watched by our Lord. This verse is so visual to me- imagining green pastures and quiet waters. Imagine being in a total state of relaxation. Almost like envisioning heaven, isn’t it? This beauty has been made possible by the greatest sacrifice of all- Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection. He has restored our souls and brought us peace.
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. Psalm 47:1
During the season of Lent, my church believes in suppressing the “Halleluiahs”. We are to take the 40 days of Lent and use them for reflection on Jesus and His life and death. Then when Easter Sunday comes, we can again rejoice and bring back the “Halleluiahs”. This is a verse from one of my favorite Psalms. We rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection and should share this joy with shouts, clapping, Halleluiahs, and song! God’s promises are true and He has shown this through Jesus!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Is it possible to think of Easter and not see it through the eyes of a child? With the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, beautiful springtime crafts, and Easter baskets, Easter has become a holiday for children. And perhaps this is the way that it should be. For we are all God’s children and we are humbled by His power. God sent Jesus for the children, and Jesus loved the little children. He lived and died for us so that we can share in the joys of the kingdom of heaven. Do not hinder your children from enjoying the celebrations of Easter; however, make sure they know the reason that we celebrate.
I know that my Redeemer lives. Job 19:25a
One of my favorite Christian songs, written by Samuel Medley in 1775, is based on this verse from Job.
I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
What comfort we have in knowing that Jesus conquered death and is everpresent in our hearts and our lives! What a sweet sentence this Bible verse is, and what a great reminder of Easter. And the final verse says it so poignantly:
He lives, all glory to His Name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!
(I Know that My Redeemer Lives, words by Samuel Medley, 1775)
Note: All Bible verses were taken from the New International Version.