Easter 2021 Lessons: Ultimate Sacrifice and Absolute Forgiveness – The most sacred week of the year has arrived! This is the week we celebrate the rising of Jesus from the dead. We also learn to look at life in a whole new way. There are two Easter lessons to learn as we enter this weekend. One lesson we learn is about ultimate sacrifice. Through all the stories you’ve heard, it is clear in the lessons about Easter that God loves the world so much that He gives us His only Son and also that Jesus loves his Father so much that he suffers in his name as he passes through death into a new life. The second lesson we learn is about absolute forgiveness. Jesus did not become our Messiah for all the amazing things he did or said. He becomes our Messiah because he chooses forgiveness and love for those who harm him instead of revenge or anger.
Lesson One: Ultimate Sacrifice
God loves the world so much that He gives us His only Son. Jesus loves his Father so much that he suffers in his name as he passes through death into a new life. God and Jesus both give the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of others, for our benefit. Entering into Easter Sunday weekend, we remember these sacrifices in a special way so that they were not made in vain. These sacrifices teach us all the power of unconditional and unfathomable love. When Jesus is at the edge of his despair, after everything is taken away from him, after he is beaten and left for dead, he responds to his Father, “I do this for you. I have only one request: that you hold back your arm of justice and from now on, only forgiveness.” Jesus loves so unconditionally that he can only see a path to forgiveness for those who have wronged him. It is a powerful message to hold close to our hearts.
Lesson Two: Absolute Forgiveness
As followers of Jesus, we must learn the power of forgiveness following in the footsteps of Jesus. Let us enter into the new life with love, forgiveness and caring. Move beyond an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, what is right and what is wrong. Begin life anew, just as Jesus did when he rose from the dead and left his tomb. We can learn to live life by showing love in the likeness of Jesus. We can learn to turn our backs on selfishness and learn to forgive others, to care for one another and to reach out to those who need help as Jesus did.
Happy Easter to all our friends across the world. May the graces of Easter bring us closer to God’s vision of a world filled with unconditional love, sacrifices made to bring health and happiness to all, forgiveness and reconciliation, unity, justice and peace.
Below are some readings we’d like to share that have helped us understand the lessons of Easter 2021:
Phil 2: 6-11
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Isaiah 50: 4-7
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.