Celebrate His resurrection
Like the narratives of Christ’s birth, the accounts of His crucifixion and resurrection are so familiar that we can miss the full intensity of the unexpected event. Though Jesus warned His disciples, they were not at all prepared for the trauma of His death or the shock of His resurrection. Because we know the outcome, it’s hard for us to identify with what they must have felt.
Although we may wish we could have been present at Jesus’s birth, who wishes to have seen His cruel, torturous death? Few want to read the details of what He suffered. We’ve sanitised Easter with aromatic lilies and colourful eggs.
But we must know exactly why the Father let His Son hang on the cross and why Jesus chose not to escape it. We need to grasp the glory of His resurrection. What blending of love and power can we see in these events? It’s almost as if Jesus could hear the tearful praises of future believers singing:
My sin—O, the bliss of this glorious tho't—
My sin—not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!1
The resources on this page help you better understand what really happened when Jesus died and rose from the dead, why there was no other alternative, and why it makes all the difference today!
Not to Worry ... He's Risen!
By Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Chuck Swindoll explains how the resurrection of Jesus proved God's power over death and the very heart of evil.
"A Day of Unusual Celebration"
From the Series 2011 Easter Messages
(Matthew 21:1–11; Luke 19:28–36, 39–44)
On the original Palm Sunday, the contrasts between Jesus’s mission, the people’s expectations, and the disciples’ confusion were just as stark as the contrast between the appearance of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
Born to Die
Jesus came to earth with a clear mission in mind. Neither pain, betrayal, depravity, disinterest, or sin would deter His focus or sway His steps away from His ultimate purpose.
No Morning Was Ever Brighter - Easter Message 2015
1 Corinthians 15:1–22, 54–58
On the first Easter morning, when the stone was rolled away from Christ's tomb, hope dawned and grace shone brighter than it ever had. For us, though, the monotony and troubles of daily life seem far removed from the miraculous impact of that glorious morning two thousand years ago.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the concerns of life that we think, What's the big deal about Easter anyway?
Join Chuck Swindoll in this Easter message, No Morning Was Ever Brighter, and begin to live with hope and joy no matter how dark your days may get.
1. Horatio Spafford, "It Is Well with My Soul."
A Good Man or the God-Man?
A Hope Transfusion
Celebrating the Songs of the Resurrection
Easter is Over…Now What?
Getting Past Guilt: Overcoming Barriers to Feeling Forgiven
Holding on Loosely
Hope Beyond Failure
How Does the Death of Jesus Save Me?
Not To Worry ... He’s Risen
The Devil Made Me Do It?
The Reason for the Resurrection
What the Resurrection Gives Us
When Jesus Fails Your Expectations