Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Sunday!
Some people may wonder, what is the big deal about Easter? For many, it is a time to celebrate the beginning of Spring. Trees & flowers are blooming. The weather is breaking and temperatures are slowly rising. We're receiving more rain. You see little birds being born. A time for new beginnings. A new life.
Children get dressed in adorable pastel colored clothes. Ribbons & bows, seek sucker suits, white socks & shoes. The "Easter bunny" brings gifts of brightly colored candy and eggs are hidden for children to find & crack open with treats inside. Eggs signify new life.
For those of us who follow the Christian faith it is a time to remember the sacrifice that one Man made for all the sins of the world. A man that was perfect & Holy voluntarily took on the punishment reserved for those who were the vilest, death on a cross, so that our sins could be forgiven. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) Through Jesus' death on a cross and his resurrection from the grave, we as sinners receive salvation from our sins and eternal life. It is the foundation upon which our faith stands. Though some mock this holiday as the only Sunday that many show up to church, it does show the significance of the day. Just think, of all the Sunday's during the year this one stands more important than all others & it compels one to make the sacrifice to come to the house of worship. This holiday signifies new life through Jesus Christ.
One may say, how do I pay fitting tribute to the One who gave all for me? The best way is by accepting the free gift that Jesus gave through his death, burial, and resurrection. Romans 10:9-10 says, "...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." How would you feel if you gave what you believe to be an excellent gift and the one you presented it to rejected it? Accept your gift for new life. The other way is through serving others. The John 15:13 scripture was translated in the literal sense in the life of Jesus Christ, in ours it can be taken figuratively. To lay down your life, means to put your concerns second. There are those who are less fortunate than you who need your help. There are volunteer organizations who desperately need help to serve the community. There are children & elderly citizen who are without basic necessities and family members to care and provide. You'll find as I have that through giving back my concerns and cares seem so small and I often receive the answer to my problems and cares by doing through others. Give someone else a new life.
So today, I wish you new life and all the sunshine, refreshing, and joy it brings. Be blessed!