The Real Meaning of Easter Part 1
Do you know the true meaning of Easter? I hope you do, but if you question what you do know keep reading. I want to let everyone know why Easter is truly here.
You may believe that Easter is about bunnies, eggs, and a big meal. Well that is not true. Easter is about the precrucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is about His last meal, His last talk with His disciples, and His betrayal. This was all predicted in the Old Testimate of the Holy Bible. Stay with me as long as you are still interested. If this is offending you then talk to God for Salvation.
The Last Days of Jesus Christ on Earth
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was drawing near, also known as Passover. When Passover came Jesus told Peter and John to go prepare for the Passover. They had no idea who/what was going to be the sacrifice for everyone’s sins. Luke 22:1-13
The Last Supper
In the last hours Jesus sat down with His twelve disciples.
14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,“This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
23 Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
Jesus is telling his disciples of Him being sacrificed on the cross the next day. But whom is the betrayer? Also… Why did Jesus ever take him as a disciple? If Jesus is the Son of God then He should know that He would be betrayed from the first day he was on this Earth.
In Luke 22:31-34 Jesus predicts Peter’s denial. Peter is totally devoted to Christ. Yet Peter denies Him three times.
The Son Talks to the Father
Jesus and the disciples went to the Mount of Olives. He told His disciples to pray. He then left them to talk with His Father.
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
We may think He had doubt, rebellion, trying to find an excuse not to do what His Father wished Him to do; but this is not the case. Everyone, even Christ, will accept an alternative option when it comes to pain, suffering, and death. It is not a sin to think ahead and ask God for help. If God called you to join the Army and go to war He may be testing your devotion to Him. Never doubt God He will stop you if you are going in the wrong direction.
Jesus is Betrayed by Judas
As Jesus and the disciples were in Gethsemane Judas, one of the twelve, walks up to Him and gives Him a kiss. This was a sign to the high priest that this was Jesus Christ. One of the disciples struck the servant of the high priest with his sword and cut off his ear. Jesus did not approve of this and touched the man’s ear and healed it.
Jesus does not approve of anger outburst, emotional solutions, or violent reactions. Jesus is peaceful and about love and kindness.
The Devoted One Denies Jesus Thrice
You remember early we talked about Peter denying Jesus three times. Well it happened. Jesus had been arrested. As Peter diverted around town he was spotted by a servant girl and two men. They all insist that Peter was with Jesus, which they were right, and every time Peter denies. Before he finished his third denial the rooster crowed. Peter wept. Luke 22: 51-62
Suffering of Jesus
Jesus was mocked, beaten, and the drew straws for His clothing. He was humiliate as far done as they could possibly get Him. Why would Jesus suffer through this and even more for us?
Conclusion for Now
Jesus knew from when He was a child what He was destined for in life. He knew He was here to save our soul. He stayed devoted to His calling and destiny. Now He is a little different than the average person. He is the Son of God. He knows everything that has happened and will happening. Yet, I really fear that. I would not want to know what would happen tomorrow. If I changed the future, what would happen? Would i see an alternate future. I can see why He asked God to take the cup. Maybe God knows every timeline and Jesus only knew this timeline. I have wandered a lot since I have been saved. If you have and questions make a comment and i will try and answer. God Bless and remember Jesus’ sacrifice for Easter this year.
Ryan A Carson, Owner
Carson Solutions, LLC
Christian since 1992
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!