Do you know why we are here?
God met with his council and said, "Let's make man in our image." (Genesis 1:26-28) This with the purpose of us ruling with Him. Satan wasn't a fan, of course then, he was Lucifer. He didn't want us included just like first borns don't want to share mom and dad with their new baby sibling. As we see the story unfold in the Bible, we can see, Satan became our enemy. (I Peter 5:8) Satan's plans and God's plans stand in direct opposition (John 10:10).
God did in fact create us (you know obviously, because we are here). As we see the story unfold, we see that we messed up. Adam and Eve left the garden. God needed a new way to see his vision happen. His new plan came in the form of a covenant, fancy word for promise or contract, with the children of Abraham, the nation that would come to be known as Israel. If you've read the Bible you know they also messed up, so again, God needed a new plan to accomplish his goal.
Who was (is) Jesus? He was God in human form - not quite the Sci-Fi shape shifters but something like that. Because Jesus was human he had the same issues we did (Hebrews 4:15) but because he was God he was able to be the perfect sacrifice.
In order for man to rule with God and his celestial council, (I Corinthians 6:3) we needed to be perfect, but no man had been able to do that. In the pre-Jesus days, that perfection was sought through atonement - animal sacrifice.
Satan nor anyone of Jesus' day knew He came to die.
Everyone thought he came to rule like King David had. They were expecting a government take over. Jesus instead came to be the final sacrifice. (Matthew 4:1-11) His blood would atone, not only for the wrongs of the Jewish people, but for all people. His new covenant included everyone.
Good Friday is the day Jesus died. Jesus first incited Satan with the purpose of being killed so he could take us back from our enemy - a rescue mission.
Then came Sunday.
Satan thought he had won, but he was duped. Easter Sunday is the day Jesus came back to life. He conquered the grave. (I Corinthians 15:55-57) Good Friday and Easter re-established God's plan. We can now rule with Him!
All we have to do is: 1) Believe, 2) Receive, 3) Follow (Romans 3:23, 3:10, 5:12, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 10:13, 10:17).
In essence if we made the choice to accept God's sacrifice for our life, we are accepting a royal leadership role.
When we see stories in the news about Prince Harry's upcoming wedding with Meghan Markle, we read about the ways Meghan must transition into her role of royalty. People have been up in arms over her requirement to give us social media, and yet trading everyday for royalty does come with perks and sacrifice.
Doesn't this same thing happen for us? If we know we have become royalty with Jesus' act of love, doesn't that motivate us to live differently? Instead of a focus on acquiring more on earth or getting what we want, shouldn't we be looking to the needs of others as more important than our own (Philippians 2:3-11).
Easter is coming, and we have a story to tell. That doesn't mean we don't participate in family gatherings, Easter egg hunts or shopping for a new outfit, but we have much more to celebrate!!! Easter is a celebration of our freedom - our emancipation from death!!! We aren't just waiting for the day we rule but we have part of God living in us (John 14:15-17) and heaven starts now!
So why are we here? We are here to know God and make him known. We are here to love one another. We are here for purposes beyond this physical world!