What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Easter’? Spring flowers? A bunny that walks on its hind legs and hides colored eggs? New dresses and woman in ridiculous hats sitting in church pews? Peeps? Please don’t eat those, by the way… so bad for you. Well anyway, we know that everyone grew up celebrating Easter in different ways for a myriad of reasons. When we reach adulthood, if we don’t take a serious look at the reasons why our parents started holiday traditions with us, we can become mindless and celebrate nothing, basically. It’s not that we want to be mindless people, but let’s admit that it happens sometimes. So this year, let’s reflect on the meaning of Easter and clarify a few things.
Easter is intended to be the day we remember Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Depending on who you talk to, you might hear that Easter didn’t have Christian beginnings, that Easter has nothing to do with Jesus’ Resurrection, and several other arguments. For the purpose of this blog, we are telling you now that our point isn’t to argue for our viewpoint or prove that our version of Easter is the right one. Regardless of where it came from or what the word means, we set aside this day to focus on the Resurrection because that is, without a doubt, vital to all of our stories. The crux of our Christian faith is based on this event. In fact, if Jesus didn’t come back to life after his crucifixion, we would have nothing in which to place our hope. Our Risen Savior serves as the Mediator between us and God. Our Risen Savior modeled victory over death, giving us a picture of what is to come when our physical bodies die. Our Risen Savior proved that He was more than just a man. Our Risen Savior lives so that our stories can be ones of redemption and formation instead of destruction and hopelessness.
Now you can’t say that you don’t know why we celebrate Easter- we just told you! If you’ve wondered what wakes us up in the morning or why we are persistent about telling stories through music, perhaps this will demystify it for you. There are stories to tell because Jesus didn’t leave us in the midst of our sinful selves, just like He did not stay in the grave. He has taken us out of that pit and given us a hope and a future. We are eternally grateful for Jesus’ sacrificial death and His Resurrection so that we can have LIFE!
A very happy Easter to you, friends. May you find joy in the Resurrection this weekend.