Happy Easter! I hope that your family has a fun day together, celebrating Easter today. Like most families, we’ve enjoy Easter egg hunts and fun activities over the weekend.
Our typical Easter will start with our kids waking us up early to find the Easter eggs that the Easter bunny left – filled with tons of candy and coins hidden all over the house. My daughter has already warned me that she going to sing the “You gotta get up, you gotta get up, it’s Christmas Morning” jingle to us but say “You gotta get up, you gotta get up, it’s Easter Morning.” Do you know that tune?
We will enjoy our traditional breakfast of Easter bread, Polish sausage, and colored Easter Eggs that we decorated last night. We will go to church in the morning to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will enjoy a huge dinner with our family and eat way too much candy throughout the day.
It will be a good day with our family. Everyone will be happy. Don’t you love the holidays?
Easter – Don’t Miss Out on the Meaning
Well, all of the above is good but did we miss something? So much time and focus has been placed on “fun” things that we totally lose focus of the true meaning of Easter. Believe it or not, it isn’t all about cute little chicks, chocolate, and the Easter Bunny. Check out this cute video with Jesus and the Easter Bunny.
I know that God likes to have fun. I know that God wants to see us happy. I don’t think He has a problem with us enjoying time with family and friends, or even chocolate bunnies. However, when we allow ourselves to lose focus on Him and the true meaning of Easter, I think His heart saddens. What Jesus did for us is HUGE – to say the very least.
Jesus, the Son of God was absolutely perfect in every way, without sin – he was fully human and fully God. Back in Old Testament times, a priest would find a sacrifice that was free of blemishes (like a lamb) to offer as a sin offering for himself and people. The blood of the sacrifice would purify and forgive their sins. Then, Jesus came. He became the Lamb of God – perfect, without blemish. He made the ultimate sacrifice once and for all people. There is no need for sacrifices after Jesus came. His blood was enough to purify and cleanse us for from all of our sin.
On “Good Friday,” Jesus was crucified on a cross – this was after severe beatings. He took on the sins of the entire world. I can’t even imagine it, honestly, it hurts to imagine it. It is easier just to accept it and move on rather than to actually understand what Jesus went through – willingly, because of His love for us. The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson is an accurate portrayal of what Jesus went through when he chose to suffer for us. I highly recommend adults watch this video, to better understand what Jesus went through for us. Here is a short clip.
The good news is that Jesus is alive. He came back to life on the 3rd day – that is why we have hope – that is why we celebrate Easter. After the darkness of the crucifixion, we can rejoice that Jesus is Alive on Sunday morning!
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Oh, how God loves us. How joyful we should be.
The JesusandEaster.com website does a fantastic job explaining the meaning of Easter. It talks about how the true story of Easter can change your life in amazing ways. I hope you’ll visit the site to learn more.
Bottom line, God loves you. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Jesus rose from the dead and offers us eternal life. He wants you to accept Him as your Savior, and turn away from your sins. He promises to always be with you.
If you want to take that step, to accept this amazing gift, pray this simple prayer.
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”
Find others that love God, share your decision with them, and start attending a local Bible-believing church. I hope that this Easter is a life-changing one for you.
Thanks for reading and letting me share my heart with you. I hope you will take time to reflect with your family today on the true meaning of Easter.