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Good News Press Sharing the good news of God’s Love through his Son to our local community and world! To Contact Us: (925) 368-5052 Spring Edition 2016 Plan of Salvation: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. A Message From Good News Press The Significance of Easter for Christians The biggest celebration within Christianity may be Christmas, but the most important celebration is Easter. The entire basis for the Christian faith is based on the events that occurred on the first Easter weekend. While Christmas is about how Jesus came to earth as a baby, Easter is about the reason he came. Christians believe the whole reason he came was to die and to rise again. Most historians agree on these facts, which are the foundational events of Christianity:  Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion on the Friday during the Jewish Passover.  He was buried in a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea. hundreds of other people claimed to have seen Jesus, spoken with him, eaten with him, and listened to his teachings. These disciples (and others) went to their deaths—some through torture—maintaining that their claims of seeing a resurrected Jesus were true. Those are the historical facts. The significance is found in the interpretation of those facts. Christians maintain that the tomb was empty and that there were post-crucifixion sightings of Jesus because Jesus had physically risen from the dead. This, combined with the apparent fulfillment of centuries-old prophecies contained in the Jewish Scriptures, firmly established the belief that Jesus was God in the flesh and that he had power and authority over life and death.  Guards were posted to keep watch over the tomb. This belief in the resurrection of Jesus spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire and it  On the third day, the tomb was found to continues to spread today. For nearly 2000 be empty. His body could not be found, nor years, Christians have placed their faith in could the Roman or Jewish authorities exthis resurrected Jesus, believing his promise plain what had happened to it. that he will someday return to take his fol Over the next forty days, his disciples plus lowers to be with him throughout eternity. The Christian message is often referred to as the "Gospel," which means "good news." Specifically, it is the good news about Jesus—who He is, what He has done, and what He offers. Essentially, the message is that Jesus was God in the flesh, that He came into the world to reconcile humanity to Himself, and that his salvation is freely offered to each person who will respond in faith. The Gospel message explains that salvation is only possible through the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Through his sacrifice, Jesus paid the price for our sinfulness (rebellion against God), thus offering us forgiveness. Then through his Resurrection He conquered death, removing it as the penalty for our sin and replacing it with the offer of eternal life that is only available from Him to all those that place their faith in Him. Support Good News Press by calling our Ads