Easter goes back a long time. After Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent (Satan) in the garden of Eden, God told the serpent, ‘…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers: he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.’ 1
# With that verse God declared that the devil, Satan, is our enemy.
He will do whatever he can to prevent us from obeying God and following his ways. He will also try to do away with Jesus. With the crucifixion, he rejoiced that he tortured and killed Jesus. He did not understand God’s plan: ‘…we speak of God’s secret wisdom…that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.’ 2
# God was preparing a place for His people.
“…as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.’” 3 That refers to the wonderful new heaven and earth where God will be among His people eternally.
# At Easter we celebrate Jesus’ victory over the serpent.
We remember the pain, agony and suffering Jesus went through to die for the sins of humanity. But we celebrate God’s secret wisdom: the serpent thought he won the battle, but it was his downfall, ‘…Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised [eternal life], being through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.’ 4
On Easter Friday, Jesus took the first step to help us re-enter Eden. God’s plan of the Kingdom became possible by what Jesus did on the cross. The message of a ‘King on a Cross’ sounds strange, yet it was the wisdom of God. At Easter we celebrate the mercy and grace of God in Jesus for our benefit. For that we glory and honour the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Genesis 3:15
- 1 Corinthians 2:7-8
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
- Galatians 3:22