To most Americans, Easter is about baskets, rabbits and egg hunts. It’s a time for Cadbury bunnies and Peeps, new outfits and white shoes. Easter lilies and tulips decorate dinner tables as families gather to share a meal. Old customs are upheld in some homes as new traditions are made by other families, adding to the celebration.
I’m always amazed when the totals spent on holidays are revealed. We invest in celebrations in our culture. I’m a guilty party. I love blessing my grandchildren, decorating baskets for them and putting prizes in their plastic eggs.
But, we, as Christians, must not forget the real meaning of this day or allow the commercialization of this holy holiday to dull the impact of the Lord’s death and resurrection.
I’ve seen signs around town saying, ‘It’s not about a bunny, it’s about a lamb.’ The Lamb of God, His precious son, was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities…which is defined as immoral or grossly unfair behavior. Yet, as sinful as we are, He sacrificed himself so that you and I might have eternal life, through Christ Jesus.
One verse that we learned in Sunday School as a child is…
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse has been named the most popular and the most quoted verse in the Bible.
During this season we cannot let the truth of verse sixteen be forgotten. The amazing gift God gave us coupled with the unprecedented sacrifice Jesus made to redeem us should impact us fresh and anew.
As we sing the songs and hear the sermons let’s open your hearts to the amazement of the truth being shared. Jesus gave His life for you. He suffered and sacrificed himself on an old rugged cross, beaten and broken. He died on Golgotha’s hill. Then, on the third day He arose! Victorious over death, hell and the grave.
It is the greatest story that has ever been told and its truths have the power to transform lives. Today, we have a golden opportunity to deepen our commitment to Him.
Will you be challenged and changed on this special day by Easter’s impact? I pray you are.