I love Easter. It has a special vibe to it. But let’s make sure we understand the real reason for why Easter is special. For some people, it might be because it comes early in spring, and the weather is turning and that makes us feel good. And then Easter comes wrapped up with fun and family traditions, like egg hunts and candy, and that makes us feel good. All of these things are part of Easter’s magic, but it’s what Easter is really about – that empty tomb – which makes this day so powerful and special.
Isaiah 53:10 says, “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer” referring to the Messiah. And you know what this says to me about Easter? It says that Easter proves that God is in control of life.
If all of these terrible things that happened to Jesus were the Lord’s will, then that means that none of it caught God off guard. It didn’t happen by accident. He didn’t say to the angels, “Oh no, how am I going to manage this?”
Peter in his first sermon on the day of Pentecost said to the thousands he was preaching to, who still vividly remembered the events of Jesus’ crucifixion because it had only happened a month and a half earlier: Acts 2:23 – “