There is a testimony that we all share in Christ and it is this: by grace through faith we are saved and have eternal life. This is possible only through the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for us.
In order to be restored into right relationship with God and be saved from sin, Jesus, the Son of God, had to take our place and sacrifice Himself. Every moment leading up to His crucifixion is symbolic and were prophecied about in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 50:6 says, “I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.”
On the way to the cross, Jesus was beaten, his beard pulled out and mocked (Matt. 27:26-30) thus this prophecy was fulfilled. Keep in mind that He did this voluntarily, nobody forced Him to take on our burdens, our shames, our sin.
In John 19, Jesus is whipped and humiliated as a king with a crown of thorns in front of a massive crowd. For every whipping, Jesus took upon our diseases and sicknesses because as it was prophecied in Isaiah 53:5, by His wounds we are healed. We can be completely healed of any sickness or disease through the blood of Jesus.
When it came time for Jesus to be crucified, they made Him carry the heavy cross all while being disfigured and wounded, which is symbolic of Him being the one to carry our sins and our burdens (Matt. 11:28-29). Who else but Jesus could do this? Only He is strong enough to carry the weight of the world’s sin on His shoulders.
In Psa. 22:16, it was prophecied that Jesus would be pierced in His hands and His feet, which is what occurred when they began to crucify Him. As He bore the sins of the world on that cross, He was proclaiming to the Devil that He loves the world so much He was willing to die for our sake. He was proclaiming an everlasting love and opportunity for anyone to enter into the Kingdom of God. The devil thought he had won when he saw Jesus give His last breath for humanity.
For three days, the devil thought the world was finally his. He thought he had defeated God. But once those three days were over, he was proven to be dead wrong. Jesus rose again from the grave, having taken the very keys of death and defeating it once and for all. (1 Cor.15:55-57). With His resurrection, Jesus proved that He was God, that salvation was possible through Him and that everything He said during His three years of ministry is the truth.
Through Jesus’ testimony, we learn that there is hope, salvation, love, peace and redemption available for anyone who is willing to give up their life in order to save it. Easter is not about bunnies, stuffed eggs or candy. The real reason for Easter is to remember what Jesus has done for us; He sacrificed Himself for us on the cross in order to make reconciliation with God possible and to save us from eternal damnation apart from Him.