The reason we celebrate Easter began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve fell to the temptation of the devil by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 3:6), the fruit about which God had told them that on the day you eat of it you shall surely die. (Genesis 2:17)

Easter Lily and BibleAdam and Eve's eyes were opened, and they realized they were naked, and sewed fig leaves together for coverings (Genesis 3:7). The very first blood sacrifice in the Old Testament was when the Lord God made tunics of skin and clothed Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:21) The slaying of an animal was God's provision for restoring fellowship back to Adam and Eve. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (1Cor15:22)

By one man's sin all man inherited sin from birth, and by one sinless man, Jesus, by His physical death and rising from the dead three days later, sin was conquered, along with death and the devil. An interesting fact in Matthew 27:52-53 is that at the death of Jesus on Good Friday, many graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

I would like to close this Easter message with John14:27: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." The peace that Jesus gives is the peace that started at His birth. This is the peace that believers in Christ enjoy today — a peace that the world tries to duplicate, but does not understand. It is the heavenly peace that the body of believers enjoys.

On Easter you might sing — or hear Sunday-morning Christians singing — "I know that my Redeemer Lives." The most important part of the verse is "I know." If you are not sure or have the confidence of "I know" that my Redeemer lives, if you don't know the Peace that believers enjoy, talk to your clergy member or a Bible-believing Christian.

Happy Easter.

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About the Author

Jack Henning was born and raised in Milwaukee. Like many youths in the 1960s, he had a paper route and worked part-time while in high school. He has worked in sales for Sears, Bear Automotive and Prudential Insurance Co., and worked with the Milwaukee County Transit System in the distribution of parts. He is currently self-employed and does commercial locksmithing and small engine repair. He has been married for 33 years and has two sons. He had been in good to excellent health until the summer of 2014 when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer that involved other organs. He is working on getting his health and lifestyle back to where it was.

Kimberly Yoghourtjian

Dear Jack,Thank you for the good and true words from the Bible. Jesus Lives! (here and now). Surrendering your life to Him gives a person eternity to look forward to. Happy Easter.