Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!
My greeting may be a little early, but it is the Easter season, and I am excited that many more people will be able to worship together in person this year. Easter egg hunts may return, and it will be a time of celebration worthy of a new colorful spring outfit or at the very least a new spring hat.
Sadly, some people think that is what Easter is about. There is the annual viewing of the Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of the Christ”. The reading of the Gospels where Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have detailed the crucifixion. We have the story and the events down pretty good; but we treat Lent as though it is football season and Easter is the Superbowl. Food, drinks and laughter abound as family and friends gather together. “Will it be ham or lamb this year?” and “Since we couldn’t get together last year let’s do both!”
Is that it? Is that what Easter has become?
What is the real reason for the Easter season? Like nearly everyone else, I have had a lot of time to ponder Easter this year, and I wanted to approach it differently. The Bible explains Easter in one simple verse, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV). This is why I prefer to think of it as Resurrection Sunday.
Think about the words of the 1984 song by Michael Leslie Jones aka Mick, and made famous by Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is”
“I’ve gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when I’m older
Now this mountain, I must climb
Feels like the world upon my shoulders
But through the clouds, I see love shine
It keeps me warm as life grows colder
In my life, there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
To change this lonely life”
A lot of us are at that point of loneliness; it has been a very lonely year for many. Yet next the chorus of the song says “I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me. I wanna feel what love is, I know you can show me.” In the Easter message, God wants to show us what love is. He wants us to feel what love is. We just need to receive God’s abundant, unconditional love.
There are some people that I would give my life for, but as a parent I can’t think of anyone that I would give my children’s lives for. God sent His only begotten son, Jesus the Christ, to earth to sacrifice His life for us. God loves us so much that Jesus came, suffered and died for our sins. That’s what love is. Love is the feeling you get deep down in your soul and spirit when you know God is your problem solver and your way maker; that blessed assurance that all is well within you.
That is what Easter is all about — love and the example Jesus Christ set for us to love one another unconditionally. We will have differences, yet if we have and share the divine love of God with everyone, believing and knowing that Jesus Christ came to Earth to set that example for us to live by, we can get past the differences. Christ suffered for our sinful natures and died upon the cross; but in defiance of death, He rose from the dead to show us what true love is.
Live in Love,
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25 ESV).