Maybe you've wondered why Christians celebrate Easter and why Easter is so important . . .
To discover the answer, let’s look at God’s Story–the Bible–as one big, unified story.
Just as a book is made up of many chapters that tell one story, the Bible is a collection of books revealing God’s purpose and plan. Each book—and the chapters and verses within it—works together with all the others to reveal God and His relationship with us.
God’s Story leads us to the One who created us, the One who came to us in the person of Jesus Christ. The whole story rests on Him. The entire Bible points to Him.
When you understand God’s story as a whole, you’ll discover that God’s plan points us to Jesus and His resurrection–why we celebrate Easter.
To begin, let’s embrace a greater vision of God’s Story as a whole–it can be divided into four basic parts: (1) creation, (2) sin, (3) Jesus, and (4) re-creation—God’s creation restored.
These four sections provide a framework to understand all the stories of the Bible. These parts can help you see the significance of God’s Story—including why Easter is so important to your life.
4 Parts of God’s Story:
1) PART ONE: CREATION
God created you and wants you to have a close relationship with Him.
The Old Testament begins with the story of creation.
God made everything from nothing and called it all “good,” with one exception (Gen. 1). When God made people, He made us in His image and then called everything “very good.” Yes, very good—He took special care in creating you because He wanted you to have a close relationship with Him.
2) PART TWO: SIN
Because sin separates you from God, you need a Rescuer.
Everything changed when the serpent (Satan, the enemy) entered the story. He twisted God’s words to deceive Adam and Eve.
Deception led to discontentment, which ultimately led to disobedience.
Rather than trust God, they believed Satan’s lie and turned against God. They ate the fruit that God had forbidden. That is what sin is—turning away from God’s will in our attitudes or actions. Sin spoiled God’s good creation, and everything was fractured.
Adam and Eve’s rebellion separated them from God. It introduced the consequences of sin: death, greed, sickness, violence, and pain.
The rest of the Old Testament tells the story of our struggles because of sin, disobedience to God’s commands, and neglect of His presence—despite the call of the prophets to repent and return to Him. More importantly, it foretells the story of God’s rescue plan—a Savior, a Rescuer.
3) PART THREE: JESUS
Jesus rescues you from your sin and restores your relationship with God.
The New Testament reveals our Rescuer: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
He came to free you from the enemy’s grip and restore your relationship with your heavenly Father.
The beginning of the New Testament teaches us about Jesus’s life and tells us how He rescued us. God is just, and our sin deserves His judgment and the penalty of death. Out of God’s great love, Jesus took our punishment by dying on a cross for us.
Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave to ensure sin could never separate us from Him again. He conquered sin and death once and for all!
Easter is the holiday to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection–witnessed by more than 500 people! Jesus’s new life brought new life for us all. He changed lives, changed nations–and continues to do so even today!!
4) PART FOUR: RE-CREATION–GOD’S CREATION RESTORED
God will make all things new, starting with us.
Part four of God’s Story begins with Jesus’s empty tomb. We are in this part of the story today: Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for those who trust Him. He has given believers a new purpose on earth and promised to return for us.
The rest of the New Testament teaches about God’s rescue plan for all the nations that changes believers’ hearts and lives for eternity.
Why is Easter so Important?
Did you notice God’s Story is all about Jesus? His Resurrection (why we celebrate Easter) changes everything . . .
Think about how each part of God’s Story points to Jesus, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13). Jesus’s resurrection is the turning point for us all, which explains why Easter is so important.
- Creation came into existence through Jesus, our Creator and the Author of life (Gen. 1:26; John 1:3; Acts 3:15).
- Sin enslaved us, but God promised to send Jesus, our Rescuer, to set us free (Gen. 3:15; 12:3; Gal. 1:4).
- Jesus came and died for us. The punishment for our sins fell on Jesus, our Savior (Luke 23:33–34; Acts 4:12). Then, Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and making a way for us to be reconciled to God. We celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
- Re-creation fully restores our relationship with God through Jesus, our Healer and our King (1 Pet. 2:24; Rev. 19:16). Jesus will also fully restore all that is wrong in nature by creating a new heaven and a new earth.
God’s Story centers on Jesus. Yours does too. Your story depends on your response to what Jesus did for you on the cross.
Without Jesus, there would be no Rescuer to restore God’s creation and bridge the gap between you and God.
There would be no hope. No restoration. No way back to God.
Life in every way would be broken, and we would remain separated from God.
But thankfully, God’s Story included a rescue plan with a Rescuer. Easter celebrates Jesus, our Rescuer’s victory over death. With an infinite love for all of us, Jesus paid for our sins–once and for all.
Now that you understand why Easter is so important, you can make the choice to receive God’s great gift. Maybe you want to know Jesus—visit How to Know Jesus and accept Him today. Receiving and following Jesus is the best decision you will make in your lifetime—it not only changes your life but it also changes your eternity.
Yes, we have so much to celebrate on Easter. Jesus is God’s gift to the world.
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God’s invitation of salvation is an invitation to everyone in every nation.
Thankfully, Jesus defeated sin for all of us—regardless of our mistakes or failures.
Yes, you have so much to celebrate on Easter! Through the resurrection of Jesus, you can have new, eternal life with God – starting now and lasting forever.
At Easter, God demonstrates His love for every nation and every person through the resurrection of Jesus.
Aren’t you thankful God’s Story includes your Rescuer? Now, you’re ready to celebrate Easter!