What is Easter really all about?
Here's the answer:
Easter is about how Jesus died for our sins on the cross and then came back to life on the third day. We could call Easter "Jesus' Resurrection Day!"
Many people think that Easter is about Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, chocolate candy, and toys, but for a Christian, that's not what Easter is about. The true Easter story begins with the story of Christmas. The Christmas story tells how God sent Jesus to this earth as a baby. Jesus was not only a man but also God in human form. As Jesus grew up, He never sinned, which means He never displeased God.
Jesus knew that everyone else does sin, though. We all sin when we do, say, and think wrong things that displease God. Because of our sin, we deserve to spend eternity without God. But, because God loves us, He sent Jesus to give us a way to spend eternity in heaven with Him. Jesus didn't deserve to die, since He had never sinned. But He died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve for our sins. Three days later, God brought Jesus back to life. If we believe and trust in Jesus to forgive us from our sins, we'll go to heaven to be with Him when we die.
For Christians, Easter is the time when we remember what Jesus did for us—He died for our sins, came back to life, and is now waiting for us in heaven!
"He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. His wounds have made you whole" (1 Peter 2:24).
"Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life" (John 3:16).