At Wheaton Christian Grammar School, we have the privilege of celebrating the true meaning of Easter. Jesus humbly became nothing so that He could be our everything! As our declaration of faith says:
"We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in his ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, premillennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."
We asked some of our students what Easter means to them. We urge you to reflect on their words as we celebrate Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection. Here is what they said:
"Easter is a time where we get to celebrate the fact that we are no longer slaves to sin because Jesus gave his life for us even though we don't deserve it. Not only did He give His life, but He rose from the dead, conquering all sin and death. Without this event, we wouldn't have our faith."
"To me, Easter shows how loving God is because He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross. I think it is amazing that Jesus was loving enough to die for us even though we sin. Easter reminds me that God can do miraculous things like rising from the dead. It also reminds me of the great things God has done in my life because of his love."
"People have changed Easter to be about looking for plastic eggs with candy, but to me, Easter is a day to celebrate the day Jesus rose from the dead and saved us from our sins. It also proved Jesus is God. It is a time to thank Him for giving us eternal life in Heaven."
"Easter means celebration! I am so glad and beyond thankful that Christ showed his power and glory by resurrecting!"
"Easter is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, which makes our salvation possible and fulfills all the prophecies."
"Easter shows the meaning of Jesus coming to our sinful world, though He was perfect. He came into Jerusalem on a donkey, which to us is known as Palm Sunday. Then one week later those same people who were yelling, “Hosanna”, were wanting him crucified. He was led to the cross and was put up on it next to robbers and thieves. He died on the cross and rose again three days later. I personally think that this means how God has never failing love for us."
"Easter means a lot to me. Jesus went through so much pain for sinful people. I can't imagine how much physical and mental pain Jesus went through to pay for ALL of our sins. It is humbling to think about."
One of our teachers shared her reflections as well:
"Easter means life and freedom. We do not serve a God who remained stricken in the grave, but One who is ALIVE, who conquered the power of sin and death. That same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us! This means that Christ’s death and resurrection is not only the gift of eternal life, (and certainly, that would be enough!) but it is also hope for today. I have resurrection power through the Holy Spirit to face any difficulty, any trial, any fear that comes my way. I have strength for each new day. I no longer am chained by my sin, by my flesh that rages against the things of the Lord. I can have victory right now over the sin in my life. Because of Christ’s work upon the cross, and His victory over death, I have the very Spirit of God who dwells within me!
Easter means hope. There is no lasting hope worth grasping for in this fallen and sinful world. However, if we belong to Christ, we have ultimate hope because of what He accomplished for us. No matter how worn, weary, and beaten down I feel, I cling to both the joy of what has been done for me and the hope of what is to come. There is no greater joy than knowing that God loves me in such a way that He sent His only Son to take my place on that cross where I deserved to hang. Christ’s death gives us true and lasting hope that one day He will completely rid the world of all sin and evil and we will spend eternity in the presence of the One who loves us with a love we can’t even comprehend. It gives me hope that my struggles are only momentary in comparison to the eternal life that is to come. It gives me hope that no matter how out of place or left out I may feel, I have a true home where I belong. It gives me hope for my loved ones who suffer from a physical ailment and great trial, that one day they will be given new bodies, healed from their sickness. They will experience no more suffering, worry, or discouragement, for God will make all things new!
Revelation 21:3-5a “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”