EASTER: GOD WITH US
The first part of Easter is sin (please read yesterday's devotion to know more about it). The second part of Easter is when Jesus came to the world to lead us back to our God the Father and salvation. After Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, God had to take Adam and Eve out of the Garden to protect them from eating the fruit of the Tree of Life. If they had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Life, they would be in the state of sin forever, and the rest of humankind would be in forever sin also. After Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they began having children, and through their children and children's children, humankind multiplied on the face of the earth.
As humankind multiplied on the earth, they lost their way to God, although God was reaching out to them constantly through the people who believe in Him, like the prophets. But they would not listen to God. Instead, they made idols to represent God according to their understanding of God. Jesus came to the world to lead us back to our God the Father and save us from our sin. Jesus was born in a very humble family so that He could relate with all of us. He was a carpenter until He started His ministry at the age of 30 years old. He was water baptized and began to perform miracles to show people that He was the Savior that God had promised to save the world from sin. He healed the sick, cast out demons from people, multiplied bread and fish to feed thousands of people, walked on water, rose people from the dead, and got resurrected when He died on the cross.
God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to save us and show us the way back to Him. He was willing to sacrifice His only Son on the cross for the sake of saving us. Jesus was willing to suffer and die for our sin because He loved us. When we think of Easter, we need to remind ourselves that our Heavenly Father loves us and that we are all important to Him. God, who created the heavens and the earth, made an ultimate goal to save us through the life of His Son, Jesus.
Ask yourself these questions: Do I believe that God loves me and that I matter to Him? Why did God the Father send Jesus to this world?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to show me the way back to you and save me from my sin. Thank you for coming to me despite my sin. Please help me to know you more and continue to draw my heart to worship and adore you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.