Jesus said ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ His death and raising to life was the way we can achieve this life. Whatever we’ve done, if we ask for God’s forgiveness then we are forgiven and can experience this new life. This is the transformational nature of the Christian message which Easter is all about. Those things which bring us death no longer have any power over us, because in Jesus we can overcome them and live in the way God intended, which will ultimately be realised in heaven. If we live according to the values and way of Jesus now, we can have a glimpse of heaven here on earth.
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (The Bible)