Easter also known as Resurrection Sunday is right around the corner! As every year before we celebrate Christ’s resurrection to life after His crucifixion and death.
There will be thousands of eggs dyed and decorated, little plastic eggs hid in the yards of many filled with little surprises, and chocolate bunnies galore. Families will have hams baking in the oven and potatoes mashed. Many family members will travel from all over to gather around the table to enjoy a yummy home cooked meal. Baskets loaded with colored plastic grass overflowing with chocolates and goodies. Parents dress their kids up fancy for a trip to the mall to sit on the Easter bunnies lap. For many, that is what Easter is.
While my family loves dyeing eggs, the Easter egg hunts and let's be honest who does not love chocolate. We also gather around the table family and friends that have become family. However, before we enjoy our meal we say blessing or as some call it grace and we praise God for sending his only Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we may have everlasting life.
This is a time for my family, to celebrate the true meaning of Easter: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two thousand years ago, there was a man that died on a wooden cross, he later was buried. Then three days later that same man who died on the wooden cross rose to life again! How amazing is that! He has risen! This is why we celebrate Easter. The true meaning of Easter is that the Son of God paid the price for our sins and rose again to reconcile us to God (see Romans 4:25).
We celebrate the fact that because Jesus Christ died on the cross death was conquered. Easter means that Jesus is the Lord of new beginnings, new days, and new lives. Our God can move mountains, split seas, restore life, and roll the stone away! It means that love is so much stronger than death could ever be. Love “burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away” (Song of Solomon 8:6–7). It was for love that God gave His only Son (John 3:16); it was for love that Christ died on the cross (John 15:13). It is for love that the risen Lord intercedes for His children (Romans 8:34).
Since Jesus died on the Cross we can proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind. We can set the oppressed free and announce the year of the Lord’s favor (see Luke 4:18–19)
To sum it up Easter means there is hope for us, after all. As Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).
Even though dyeing the eggs and filling the baskets full of goodies is fun, I hope we all can remember the true reason we celebrate Easter. I challenge you this Easter to sit around the table and as a family take the time to thank God for loving us so much that he sent his only Son to die on the cross for us.