The time has come – Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is upon us!
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving, lighting the tree, and singing “Auld Lang Syne” to ring in the New Year. The groundhog did not see his shadow, our valentines have been sent, and now Easter is here! When I was a kid, I always thought time moved very slowly. As an adult with children of my own, I now see time continually speeding up.
God knows that is our tendency. God understands that as we get busier and life’s demands continue to pile up, the time seems to slip by more quickly. That’s one reason he instituted festivals, feasts, and the Sabbath. He designed our lives with intentional rhythms, to help us slow down and remember what’s really important.
Resurrection Sunday is one of those times when we are to slow down, remember, and celebrate something that changed the course of human history. On that day, some 2,000 years ago, Jesus rose from the dead! The man who was betrayed, mocked, ridiculed, and crucified, defied death and rose anew. This act conquered death once and for all, and gives each of us who follow Christ the assurance that Jesus is even more powerful than the grave.
The resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of the gospel message. If we go through this Easter season intent on focusing on the Easter bunny, egg hunts, and chocolate, we risk missing out on the true reason for the celebration. I encourage you to sit down with your family this Easter season and read an account from one of the Gospels about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Share with them the truth of Christ, the truth that really matters.