Some Christians feel Easter should be celebrated just as much as Christmas, if not even more. While the birth of the baby Jesus was and is true cause for an all-out celebration, the whole reason He came that long-ago starry night was ultimately to die. For our sins.
When you think of what happened on Resurrection morning over 2,000 years ago, well, it really is an amazing victory against the sin that held the world captive. The spotless Lamb of God was willing for the hideous sins of the whole human race, from Adam to the last human being to ever be born, to be laid upon Him. Willing to endure abusive insults, unbearable cruelty and a tortuous death on the cross.
Christ Jesus was not just a martyr. He was the only possible sacrifice for all mankind of all ages. His death was more than just a crying shame. It was God the Son laying down His life that He might bring many to repentance.
Beyond all that, Christ Jesus rose in victorious radiant life from the cold, still paralysis of death. Resurrection brought the Godhead’s redemptive plan full circle. Mercy triumphed over judgment. Light triumphed over darkness. Jesus’ redeeming blood triumphed over sin. When He rose up from the tomb, He triumphed over death and hell.
We love to celebrate Christmas in our family. Whether setting up a nativity in the warm summer of Christmas in South America or stringing lights out in the cold temps of the Midwest, we sing the carols with gusto and gather to read aloud the wonderful Christmas story of that long-ago Babe in the manger.
This Spring I’ve been feeling the urge to celebrate Him as the Risen Lord. We have small gifts for all the family, just tokens really. But I felt it would elevate our Easter celebration to give a little something, like people often did in Bible times to show the joy of freedom.
There’s a saying we’ve all been hearing: Freedom isn’t free. Our soldiers lay their lives down to secure and ensure our nation’s freedom. Christ has done even more: His sacrifice secured eternal freedom from guilt, shame and sin. What is more, He purchased eternal life for us and a way for us to be present with Him in heaven.
Cause for celebration! Worship in His house with the local body of believers. Proclaim “He is risen!” and answer “He is risen indeed!” Let your voice lift a song of praise for His life, death and resurrection. Drink in the message of His amazing grace.
Then bring in the savory glazed ham with all the trimmings! Gather loved ones ’round the table and enjoy the gifts that are food, friends and family. Pull out the stops and let your spirit soar. Know that you are precious to the God of the Universe. He purchased your salvation so that you might be free.
No matter what is going on in the world around us on this weekend, we have just cause to celebrate with abandon. Jesus is alive forevermore and He is the soon-coming all-victorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah!