Headmaster Blog: Why I Believe Easter Is the Most Important Event in History
If you check out our school calendar, it reveals that by noon last Friday, Highlands Christian Academy was closed for Easter Break! For some schools also closing at this time, the reason would not be Easter Break, but rather Spring Break. Usually (like this year) HCA does take the break around the Easter celebration, but in some cases our break has occurred earlier when the holiday falls late in the month of April.
You may be asking: “Why this detailed discussion on when the school is not in session? The main issue is not why we are out of school, but rather, that we are out of school!”
Agreed, and in fact, our students, teachers, and staff were definitely ready for this break. It was time! But in a larger sense, it is important to be reminded of the significance of the Easter celebration. There are well over 2 billion people worldwide who recognize in some fashion this time of the year. For Christians, it’s one of the “big two” days on the calendar: Christmas and Easter.
Easter marks the day that the highest percentage of people in America attend a church service. It’s also the holiday that 16.4 billon dollars are spent by Americans on Easter outfits, egg hunts, candy (mostly chocolate bunnies and eggs), baskets, cards, and trinkets. In my opinion, it’s great that we make such a big deal about this day. It allows a conversation for the followers of Christ to provide an explanation on why Easter is such a matter of importance.
I’d like to share three reasons on why I believe Easter is the most important event in history…hands down, without question, the most important. These reasons may help us to stop and appreciate in a greater way that magnificent event that occurred three days after the Son of God was crucified over two thousand years ago.
First, the resurrection of Jesus was a very particular experience, meaning it was an exceptional, unique occurrence.
Many factors make it unique, but consider these thoughts: No other leader of any religious sect has claim to rising from the dead. Religious martyrs are admired and even worshiped, but none of those deceased have come back to life, nor even make that assertion. Followers of other religions don’t expect their gods to die for them, it’s only with Christianity that the founder and leader suffers and dies for those He invites to follow Him.
Second, we can see that the death and resurrection of Jesus was prophesied well in advance of the event.
The Bible is a book that records history; it is also filled with prophecy that can be verified and proven by the events found in secular history. The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus is predicted in detail throughout the pages of the Old Testament. Job, Psalms, Isaiah, and Zechariah as well as other books speak clearly to the event and purpose of the resurrection. Isaiah 25:8 says: He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. Jesus also predicted His death and resurrection in Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Third, this great event was prescriptive, indicating that it provides for a remedy, or solution, to the greatest need of all mankind.
The act of love and immeasurable sacrifice demonstrated by Jesus’ death on the cross only has meaning when the power over death was evidenced by a risen Savior. Jesus has the power to forgive sins, because He conquered the grave and the curse of sin and death. He can offer us eternal life only because He Himself was resurrected!
Over and over the writers of the New Testament remind us of this blessed hope and offer of salvation by the finished and complete work demonstrated by the sinless life of Jesus, his death, and the resurrection. John records these words of Jesus that we find in John 11:25-26: Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?
Jesus was speaking to Mary, the sister of Lazarus, just prior to raising Lazarus from the dead. The question Jesus is asking Mary in the passage is the same question we should be considering, certainly at Easter. Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? That is what makes the resurrection the greatest event in history. Believing brings salvation, the greatest and only hope for mans’ eternal destiny.
Do you believe this?
If yes is the answer, then celebrate…and remember, it’s great, really great!
Mr. Ken Lopez, our HCA Headmaster, would love to talk with you if you have questions about this blog or the fabulous Easter message of Jesus. If you don’t know Jesus as your own Savior, please reach out to Mr. Lopez at 954-421-1747 x1001 or [email protected]. You may also contact our church office at 954-421-0190 to speak with one of our pastors.