What does Easter Mean to me?

As we celebrated Easter yesterday, last week I was challenged to think about what Easter means to me. One word comes to my mind when I think about Easter and what Christ did for me that day He was beating and nailed to a tree. Grace. I am a broken and sinful man, and I have sinned against the living God and I deserve to be cast into Hell for eternity because of the sins I have committed. I despise myself and I hate my sin. I have done a lot of shameful things and words cannot being to describe my sin. When I look at Easter, and celebrate Easter, I am able to see and feel the love my Father has for me, a love that is not conditional on anything inside of me, a love that is from Him. When I am thinking about God’s grace in my life, I don’t think about when I was saved. I go before I was saved to when God choose me before the foundation of the earth was laid. God in His grace, mercy, love, compassion, choose to save me before I was ever formed inside the womb. What’s so amazing about it is, God knew all the sexual sinful acts I would commit. He knew of all the pornography I would look at, He knew of all the angry and rage I would deal with as a result of my sins. He knew of my brokenness I would go through, He knew of all the sins I would commit after I accepted Christ in my heart. Yet, He still choose to save me, He still choose to die on the cross for my sins, He still choose to love me and to change me. I should be the one dying for my own sins, but God chose me before the foundation of the world, to love me, and to place my sins onto Christ. I am so thankful, that God loves me, with a love that is not of this world. This is what Easter means to me.

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Luke 18: 13

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