Why Celebrate Easter?

Easter? The most important event in history! 

Did you celebrate Easter as a youngster? Chances are you did in some fashion. What are your favorite Easter memories?

I vividly remember how Mom would hide our Easter baskets overflowing with unimaginably wonderful treats. She would have to try harder each year to find fool-proof hiding places. But after a long while (it seemed to us), we would never fail to find the fluffy bunnies, marshmallow chicks, colored eggs, jelly beans and chocolates on a bed of grass in those huge beautiful baskets she prepared for us.

I confess that was absolute bliss for us, those Easter Sundays. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Because of my precious Mom, we learned that the “Easter Bunny” was always faithful to come for us. But Mom also saw to it that we would learn that the greatest bliss of all was that Jesus, the Son of God, came for us.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

John 11:25

As wee ones, we’d pack up and march to Church on Easter Sunday to hear the most glorious music on earth. And we learned (while eager to get home for those yummy chocolate eggs) that believing in Jesus, that He actually rose from the dead, meant that our forever “Easter basket” would be eternal life. Nope, not just believing that Jesus lived and died. Not enough. But that he truly rose from the dead.

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

1 Corinthians 15:4

Aaron Armstrong further explains the critical importance of Christ’s resurrection:

“Sometimes people wonder if a literal resurrection actually matters. Would we lose anything if Jesus was raised spiritually or just in the hearts of his followers, some ask. Paul answers with a resounding yes! A Christianity without the power of the resurrection is no Christianity at all. If there were no resurrection, there would be no hope.” [1]

For many of us, Easter is a celebration of Spring and “new life,” bunnies and wonderful treats. A joyful celebration. But most importantly, Easter celebrates the “new life” that is given us because Jesus rose from the dead. Now that’s something to celebrate with the greatest joy!

Pastor Rick Warren frames it so aptly;

“Easter is the good news about God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came as a human baby, born into King David’s royal family line. Four historical records say that after His resurrection He showed Himself to 500 people at one gathering.

“I’m living proof—and so are the approximately 1 billion Christians who celebrate Easter. Jesus “was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” [2]

And so, on every Easter until our Messiah comes for us once and for all, we can now say: Hallelujah. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Let’s celebrate!!

 

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1. Armstrong, A. (2016, March 8). What Would I Lose Without the Resurrection. Retrieved from Blogging Theologically website:http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2016/03/23/without-resurrection/

2. Warren, R. (2009, April 9). Easter: Jesus’ Resurrection. Retrieved from Rick Warren.org website: http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/easter-jesus-resurrection

 

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  1. Marilyn Sue Piche
    March 25, 2016

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