by Mary Stout
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” (Luke 24:1-3)
As I ponder the significance of Easter in my life — remembering Easter dresses and bonnets as a child, Easter parades and going to church — I am struck by the changes society has made to this celebration we have for our Risen Savior. Today, there is more a focus on the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and marshmallow chicks. More about what one can give to their kids in the Easter basket, and less about the significance of the holiday we celebrate as Christians. I even read an article about how they say the tradition of Easter eggs were a symbol of the stone which was rolled away, so the writer thought that ties in well with the true meaning of Easter. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with these customs, per se. It is fun to watch the children as they dye eggs, find their Easter basket, and enjoy.
There is something missing though: it’s the reason we serve; it’s the reason we live and breathe and have our being; and it’s why our hearts ache when we see the world as it is today. The Risen Savior culminates God’s prophecy of salvation given long ago. He loved us so much He sent his son to die for us. Why? Because the Father couldn’t stand the thought of eternity without you or me. I am so grateful to Jesus for saying, yes. Because of Jesus, I have hope and I have life everlasting. Because of Jesus, I live free from the burden of sin that would have condemned me to an eternity without God. Because of Jesus, I learned that love is the way, the truth, and the life. Because of Jesus, I have a new way of thinking and the old ways are gone. Because of Jesus I am restored to right relationship with the Father. Living the rest of my life in the blessed assurance that I was chosen from the dawn of creation to be connected and be His child gives me hope to move forward trusting His guidance, His love, and His will for my life.
As I look forward, I have to ask myself, am I committed to sharing the Good News with people who don’t know about Jesus? This Easter, I will use the various “Easter trappings” to share with my grandchildren about the real meaning of Easter. As we dye eggs, I will tell them that we do this as a remembrance that Jesus chose the Cross that first Good Friday. It is said that dying eggs was a tradition started to remember the blood shed for our sins. The egg was one of the first foods eaten after being blessed, breaking the Lenten fast. I will tell them how Jesus loved them so much He conquered the sting of death and gave us victory in Him. I will share with them the glorious Good News, and tell them the new life of Easter bunnies and chicks reminds of our new life in Christ.
Each Easter we celebrate the new life we live in Christ. Let’s share the Good News with others this year as we remember the story of our Savior. Let’s share our stories of salvation and show others the Light of the world lives inside us and is longing for them to be a part of his Kingdom. May this Easter be filled with love and light and blessings as we go out and serve our risen Savior.
Prayer: Father thank you for saving us through your son Jesus. May we sing hallelujahs in your honor, for the Cross has given us a new life. Help us to share the Good News of the Savior everyday to those we meet. Help us shine your light in this broken world. In Jesus name, Amen.