Many Christians celebrate Easter Sunday as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is written in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. According to the Gospel of John (New Testament), Mary came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An angel told her that Jesus had risen. The meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The resurrection of Jesus changed all that and gave final and irrefutable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had conquered death once and for all.
I am sure many of us are familiar with who Tim Tebow is. He was a great college quarterback who led the University of Florida Gators to two National Championships and was a devout Christian. Of importance was that Mr. Tebow always had John 3:16 written on the patches under his eyes. Tim was never afraid to share his faith with anyone and always remained a humble servant to the Lord. He did missionary work while at the University of Florida and also now has the Tim Tebow Foundation which does a lot of philanthropic work across the world.
For those of you who are not familiar with John 3:16-17, here is what the verse states:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV Translation: John 3:16-17).
Again this is a powerful verse which ties into the celebration of Easter. The resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death proves that He is the Son of God and that death had no power over Him and that is something all Christians can hold onto this Easter Season. God sent Jesus to save the world through Him. All of us who believe in Jesus will have eternal life. That is powerful stuff right there.
Faith is personal and each of us has our own journey to find our own faith, deepen it and live it out according to the plan God has for us. There will be trials, highs/lows and unexpected things that happen in our lives. However, a few points to remember in your life can be summarized with these few Bible verses:
Matthew 7:12 – So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 10:14 – If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
John 15:2 – He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
Matthew 22:36-40 – Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Point #4 is perfect and summarizes that God is love. We can never go wrong with Love. The greatest commandment in the Bible is Love. Love your neighbor, love others, and be a humble servant and live a life that is full of love and free of material possessions. It’s a hard life to live, but if your heart revolves around love and is overflowing with love, then over half the battle is already won.
Our world today needs more love, more working together, and just to look at the good in everyone. The bickering in our nation is growing old. We are focused too much on the wrongs of people and putting them down instead of building them up.
Furthermore, people’s opinions and thoughts are swayed too easily by what they read in the press that they fail to actually understand the person and their story. They think they know it all because a certain news channel published an article so they believe it rather than actually digging deeper and finding out more about the event. Not all journalism is bad, but when journalism presents just one side of the story, you have to ask yourself, where is the other side?
If you are a believing Christian who was commanded to LOVE, how can you live a life in which your minds are swayed so easily? There is no LOVE in that; rather it’s BLATANT HYPOCRISY. Forming a biased opinion rules out any chance of LOVE and forms prejudice and hatred. Those are the branches which bear no fruit and must be pruned so they will be able to produce more fruit later on.
And if you are still wrestling with what has been written, look at John 15:13 – “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
At the end of the day, it is ALWAYS ABOUT LOVE!