Easter is about marriage; marriage is about Easter. You’ve got the gospel, Jesus loving us, Jesus romancing us and wooing us and drawing us to himself. Some of us here realize it; others don’t. You’ve been brought here; you’ve been sought by the living Lord. He has put it all on the line. He loves you. You matter to him. He loves you and he loves me unconditionally. He loves you and he loves me in spite of ourselves. And he loved us so much that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again.
Now, when I say that—the death and the burial and the resurrection of Jesus—some of you who have been around the church before know what I’m talking about. You think I just described the gospel. You’re right. But I only described part of the gospel. The resurrection was the completion of the gospel process. The gospel process, yes, is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Also, though, we have to realize the reason for the resurrection. Why, I ask you, did Jesus rise again? That’s a pretty good question. Why did the Son of God conquer death? The reason he was able to conquer death was the simple fact that Jesus lived a perfect life. He was holy. He was pure. The word holiness means to be set apart. He was 100 percent righteous. So when I come to a point in my life where I say I do to Jesus, what happens? I receive Him into my life and his righteousness and his holiness is imputed into my very existence. So when God sees me, God sees Jesus.