I’ve been busy with all the preparations for Sunday and I’ve still got more shopping to do, jelly-beans and chocolate to buy and plastic eggs to fill. There’s cleaning and chores which need to be finished.
Everyone will be dressed up in their Sunday Easter best for church and the pastor will preach a wonderful message of love, sacrifice and hope. Then we will all go home to gorge ourselves on the much anticipated Easter meal, which of course, takes several hours to prepare, and about seven minutes to devour! It’s all so much work, but worth every minute of labor. As with every year, I’m really excited about getting together with family and close friends, and I really enjoy the Easter concert the church puts on the night before.
Easter comes at such a beautiful time. Springtime ushers in colorful trees and newly-bloomed flowers. The skies are clearer; the days are warmer and longer—a long-awaited relief from the darker, colder days during the long winter months. Could our Lord and Savior have picked a more wonderful time to be resurrected and to remind us of His long-awaited return? That is, after all, the reason we celebrate Easter. It’s not the eggs or the bunnies, which represent fertility—an actual pagan custom. It’s not the gathering together of friends and family, it’s not the delicious, abundant food we delight in, and it’s certainly not dressing up to show off our new Easter outfits.
These things make for great family memories, but they do not replace nor emphasize the true meaning being the holiday. God’s love for us, salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross followed by his resurrection is and always will be the reason we celebrate Easter. Jesus died on a Friday and was resurrected on Sunday, and that has nothing to do with eggs or bunnies. But it has everything to do with God’s love for us. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
While we were sinners, Christ lived a sinless life and died to pay the sin debt for us. He gave his life freely because there was no other way. He sacrificed his life because with our sinful nature, we could not, at all times, adhere to the law. It was impossible 2000 years ago and it is still impossible today. Jesus says that, “He gave his life as “…as a ransom for many” (Mark 20:28) and in John 4:16 he says “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” He loves us unconditionally, and accepts us freely—there’s nothing you or I can do to pay our way. There is no amount of money that can buy entrance into the Kingdom of God.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 20:22, “…Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise. Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:4 tells us that “on the third day” He rose to be with His Heavenly Father, and ours. He brings with Him a message of hope, love and ever-lasting life for every one that believes in Him.
So let us not forget Jesus during our hustle and bustle and our family gatherings, being mindful of the message we teach our children. While it’s certainly okay to enjoy the festivities, bunnies and eggs have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus or the true meaning behind Easter. Let’s keep our heart, mind and focus on Jesus.
God bless you and yours this Easter Holiday.