Why Celebrate Easter?
What is the point in setting aside several hours on a random Sunday in April to attend a special church service, search for plastic candy-filled eggs, smash too much food while surrounded by loved ones? Is it because we need an excuse to gather around a table with members of our kinfolk? Do we need another excuse to buy each other gifts?
NO. We don’t need to come up with excuses to do any of those things.
So why do we rejoice in celebrating the death and resurrection of our Savior? Because our life began at that exact moment in history.
It All Began On That Day
Prior to Jesus’ propitiation on the cross, all of humanity was forever separated from their Father. There was nothing and no one that could change that…except for Jesus. He paid our ransom, reconciled us to God, delivered us from slavery, conquered death, and gave us life.
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to
give his life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10 : 45
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might
die to sin and lie to righteousness.” –1 Peter 2 : 24
What This Means For Me
In Jesus’ death, I am made free from the condemnation and wrath of God. I am given eternal forgiveness and the righteousness of Christ. I no longer have to live a life defined by obedience and striving to be enough for The Lord.
I was made enough in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, I am now able to live freely and joyfully, while finding my identity in the One who died for a wretched sinner.
So, this year on Easter Sunday, strive to keep you attention and affection focused on the purpose of the day. It’s not about fluffy bunnies and presents, it’s a day devoted to delighting in the One who have given us life.
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” –Ephesians 5:25