Do you celebrate Easter? I mean, really celebrate Easter? I’m not talking about searching for Easter eggs and receiving baskets of goodies. While all of that is fine and dandy (I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate bunnies..?), we need to remember the beautiful story that is behind the Easter season which is the foundation of our faith.
Our Savior was born and yes, we should rightfully celebrate that. But.. we must note that we are celebrating our Savior. And that came at Easter. We are here today as saved-by-grace Christians because Jesus died for our sins. He died and rose again proving once again of His wonderful righteousness. On Good Friday, Christ was crucified and buried, defeating sin and rebuilding the bridge between God and man. On Easter Sunday, He rose from the dead, essentially defeating death.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:20-21
Christ is risen! Christ is risen so that He may live within us. “Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east, more brightening her, a rare-dear Britain, as his reign rolls..” (poem excerpt by Gerard Manley Hopkins) Have you ever thought about that..? About Easter being a verb and not just a noun? When you think about it, our everyday, ordinary life should be about letting Christ ‘easter’ within us. Because Jesus died for sins on the cross, we are changed from the inside out through His pure grace. Therefore, our lives are transformed by Christ living in us. And as a result we are to go out transforming others through Jesus Christ. Nothing short of transformation happens when Christ easters within us.
As you prepare to celebrate Easter, will you easter beyond the Sunday morning service, beyond the homemade lunches and plastic egg hunts, beyond that basket full of goodies? Will you easter out into the world around us aiming to transform lives through Jesus Christ? Or will Easter remain a holiday celebrated only one day of the year?
Easter is not a noun.. or a verb. It’s a lifestyle.