Easter is a favorite family holiday for many! Unless you are living in a cave, by now you’ve seen the store aisles filled with yellow and pink bunny-shaped marshmallows. You’ve probably seen posters about egg hunts and maybe received an invitation to a BBQ promising the best potato salad and colored boiled eggs.
But what does potato salad and colored eggs have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Nothing. But it’s simple fun that brings people together. And when people are together, it’s an opportunity to share the good news! Jesus wants all to know the truth about His love and how else will people know unless other believers tell them? And when will believers have the opportunity to tell others if we are not meeting people where they are?
Jesus, being God himself, left Heaven and came to this Earth and walked among his Father’s creation to redeem us from sin and offer us eternal life with Him. Jesus was crucified by men who didn’t understand His purpose and who didn’t believe he was who he said he was. This being the case, he still offered his life as a sacrifice for all. He was hung on a cross, after being whipped, flogged, beaten, and tormented; an innocent man paying the ultimate criminal’s death.
The sky was darkened and before he took his last breath, he cried loudly. “It is finished!” The greatest news ever is that he came back to life three days later, just as he said he would. The tomb is empty and the grave has been beat. Jesus is Alive and that’s a real reason to celebrate! Jesus ascended into heaven and He will return. We should be joyous and look forward to His return with eagerness every day of the week 24/7/365; not only during holidays. Maybe that’s a little challenging, but maybe it’s worth a shot.
Here’s a challenge for those who believe in Jesus’ resurrection. Instead of being isolated and condemning others for dressing like bunnies and bragging on their best Easter recipe, why not look at people through the lens and love of Jesus? Instead of preaching about what the gospel isn’t and how bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus, how about we share the good news and fulfill Jesus’ commission to us while we can? Matthew 28:19 (NIV) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”