We've come to remember when jesus died and rose some 2000 years ago
But we might ask ourselves, so what? Who cares? Thats just a story!
But this isn't a story, this event has changed history and lives, and especially my life.
800 years or so before Jesus came down to us, a prophet named isaiah spoke of Jesus, and he said, "he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" and "by his stripes, his wounds, we are healed"
You see, I used to suffer from chronic anxiety, one little worry and my body would shut down, I couldn't sleep or eat for days, and this would go on and on and on. Yet now it doesn't happen. Why? Because the real, risen, living Jesus bore this sickness, this anxiety on the cross 2000 years ago. This is why we remember jesus rising from the grave today, because in taking all this sickness and death on himself, and rising again, he defeated them and robbed them of it's power!
The same prophet went on to say "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. "
We are gods precious sheep, and on that cross Jesus took not only death and sickness, but he bore my sin and guilt, the things that kept me from god, so that we could come to god clean, pure and without blemish, and in the same way that jesus robbed death and sickness of power by rising from the dead, he robbed our guilt and sin of power, so we can approach him as sons and daughters and experience the life that he intended for us.