More than an Easter basket
‘But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8
I have been a Christian for most of my life. Every year at Easter my brother and I would wake up early to see what the Easter Bunny brought us, my family would dress in our best pastels, and we would head to church to hear the Easter message.
Back then, when I was living a more "checkmark Christian" lifestyle, Easter was just another day. An awesome Easter basket, a traditional church service, good food, and an amazing Easter egg hunt. Now that I'm older, my thoughts have changed on what exactly this holiday represents. It is now one of my favorite holidays because of the significance it holds.
The cross. The old rugged cross. Jesus paying the ultimate sacrifice for a sinner like me. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. Jesus died on a Friday and rose again on Sunday. If he had not risen from the dead, if he had merely died and not been resurrected, He would have been considered just another teacher.
The painful death he experienced, the mocking and cursing of His name. Simply because He wanted us to have ever lasting love in Heaven with him and his father. The cross represents the suffering love of God, which bears the guilt of humanity’s sin, which alone is able to melt the sinner’s heart and bring him to repentance for salvation. This is the glory of the cross. Easter is a day to celebrate and honor all of His glorious promises of enteral life for all who believe in Him.
I get chills when I try to comprehend His love for us. It wasn’t until I fully surrendered my life, constantly running towards the cross, and willing to experience Gods Grace on my sinful life that I even began to comprehend THIS miracle of a day, that gives HOPE to a world filled with darkness.
While I pray that you enjoy your Easter baskets and all your goodies, I also pray that you can lift up your hands in praise and take time to recognize what this day truly represents.
Keep shining your light friends!