Today we have great reason to celebrate! He IS Risen! He IS Risen indeed!
It’s not about a basket but a burden.
It’s not about chocolate but a cross.
It’s not about the ham but the healing.
We don’t seek eggs but eternal life.
It’s not about a rabbit but a resurrection.
Please don’t misunderstand me.
I’m not about to criticize your Easter egg hunt or your family dinner. (You read my blog – you know I would never turn down a meal!)
I grew up hunting for eggs, believing in the bunny, wearing my Sunday best, and I have cherished memories of the family gathering together for a wonderful meal in my Grandparent’s home. I have raised my children with the same traditions.
All I am suggesting is that we put the emphasis of the day with Whom it truly belongs.
Bunnies and baskets (especially the ones with chocolate eggs!) are all fine and good, but let us not lose sight of the REASON we celebrate.
In the midst of the plans and the fun, may we each take a moment to give praise where praise is due.
We serve a God who loves us so much that He couldn’t bear to leave us in our own sin without any hope. He sent His only Son to bear our burdens so that we could find peace, healing, and reconciliation with the God of the universe.
The King of the world loves us so much that He shed His blood so that we could be washed clean.
God showed us His power and His faithfulness when He raised His Son from that grave.
That should be the great news that permeates our day in the midst of the festivities.
It is my prayer that you would take the time to consider, today, if you know and believe these things in your heart. If you don’t, please speak with God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.” ~Matthew 28:6 (NASB)
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~Romans 10:9 (ESV)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” ~John 11:25 (ESV)
What do you think? How does your family keep the focus on the true reason we celebrate in the midst of the festivities and family traditions?