Jesus said to her, Mary Magdalene, “Don’t hold on to me, because I have not yet gone up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20:17

Take a moment and think about all the bad things people do to each other. Think about the bad things you’ve done to people. Or wanted to do to people. That’s the reason for the cross. Evil must be punished. Jesus took all our evil to the cross. He paid the price for us.

Now take a moment and think of all the good things a loving father does for his child. Think of the good things that good father signs or says to his child. Think of the love that good father has for his child. Jesus told Mary Magdalene that He was going back to God. But things have changed! God was Jesus’ Father, yes. But now God is our Father too. That’s the reason for Easter.

If you have Jesus, you have the Father’s love. Don’t have Jesus? Now you know what Jesus did for you. Thank Jesus for that. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and lead you. Then know the Father’s love for you.

Think about that!