Why do we celebrate Easter?
Apr 20 '190m
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Podcast 58 Why do Christians celebrate Easter? Many people think it’s all about baskets of candy, fancy hats, bunnies, and eggs. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about a man named Jesus Christ. He is who we celebrate on Easter. This podcast will give an explanation as to who he was, and why Christians celebrate this special holiday. The prophecy of the Easter story In the book of Isaiah, we can see the foundation of the Easter story. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3 Jesus in his life he saw sorrow. However, his presence was not to win over political, religious, or governmental crowds. He had a greater purpose. Jesus was hanging on the cross for the very people who ridiculed him. Mark 15:29-32 29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. Bear the Cross Isaiah also expands on who Jesus was before he was even born. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.Isaiah 53:4 The life of Jesus was an example for all of the christian world to follow. Paul later states that we should bear one anothers burdens. Jesus clearly gave us this example first. His purpose, however, was not just to set an example. Jesus's purpose But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.Isaiah 53:5 This verse gives me chills every time I read it. So now I want to relate Isaiah to Good Friday. John 19:1-3 1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. The Crucifixion Isaiah goes into detail about who we are and who Jesus was. In writing Isaiah explains that Jesus was to take the iniquity (sin) for us all and have it placed on his at the crucifixion. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.Isaiah 53:6-8 Jesus Burial 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.Isaiah 53:9 Reading this text from Isaiah may seem strange to those who do not know the story. To help paint a clearer picture I am going to cross reference the book of Mark. Mark 15:25-27 25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews. 27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. Jesus was crucified between two theives. This is the reference made by Isaiah in the 53rd chapter. Isaiah also expands on the purpose of Jesus death. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,

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