This post was written by a Lutheran lady from my home church (St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church of Leitersburg) and it first appeared in our church newsletter last month. Thank you for sharing, Barbara!
What does Easter mean to you? Can you remember as a child the anticipation you felt for Easter morning… the big Easter basket filled with colored eggs and enough candy to last for a month? And let us not forget our new outfits to be shown off at church. After eating the Easter meal (ham with all the trimmings), we would grab our baskets (many of us looking forward to receiving another one from our grandparents) and eat enough candy to rot our teeth and cause our stomachs to ache. Sadly, for many “Christians” the meaning of Easter has never progressed into a truer and deeper understanding of its significance in our lives.
Even as parents, and most of us are guilty, we continue to marginalize Easter morning as we watch our children joyfully observe this pagan exercise we label as Easter. It’s all about coloring eggs and decorating with bunnies, pagan symbols of fertility and new birth. And even though Christians borrowed the analogy of the egg as a symbol of new life, how much connection is carried over in our minds as to the rebirth of Jesus as He conquered death and rose from the tomb. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all colored eggs were stamped with the following statement?
“We have new life because Jesus arose!”
How mature have we become in our celebration of the Easter message? Do we get excited on Easter morning because we have been given the greatest gift ever given to mankind? Do we look forward to going to church and thanking God for the salvation we receive through His Son Jesus Christ because He was willing to die for us? Can we hardly wait to sing, with everything within us, words from Easter hymns such as:
“Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes”
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because HE LIVES!”
Fellow Christians, let us fill the church this Easter with hearts overflowing with gratitude, ever mindful of the salvation God offers through our faith in Jesus as we remember the horrible price He paid for our sins. How blessed we are to understand this, the true meaning of Easter, the most holy of all holidays.
For more posts about Easter see:
Easter Sunday devotional 3.27.16