Yesterday as rehearsals with the Lagos Community Gospel Choir progressed for the Easter Morning Concert at This Present House, Lekki, Lagos, I wondered again about what Easter really means…. Pain that brought joy, chains that brought liberty, stripes that brought healing, death that birthed eternal life… The greatest exchange ever… that one man, the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice, bore all this negativity for the benefit of all humanity.

Yes, benefit. So much is now available to us because of the price Jesus paid; and we now have a right to say NO to the enemy’s attempts to ensnare, enslave, afflict or subdue us in any way. I remember a song titled Glorious Day which was performed by Donnie McClurkin at  Azusa ’93. It said ‘Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified… freeing me forever, one day He’s coming back, glorious day’. Jesus really accomplished a lot for us on the cross and the best part in this story is the resurrection. He didn’t remain in the grave, death could not hold Him down. On the third day, Jesus rose triumphant and victorious!

So here’s something to think about… What’s the appropriate response to this Jesus who paid our debt, that we couldn’t pay, in order to deliver us from eternal condemnation? I praise Him, thank Him, worship Him, love Him because He first loved me, give my life to Him because He first gave His for me, and live to please Him each and every day. If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, there is no better time to do so than today. It’s really easy; all you have to say is this:

Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son and that he died on the Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven and have eternal life. Jesus, I believe that you rose from the dead and I ask you right now to come into my life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my sins. Thank you Father for loving me, In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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Happy Easter!