R E F L E C T I N G B A C K O N T H E C R O S S B U T M O V I N G F O R W A R D I N C H R I S T
For me, growing up, Easter just seemed like another school or church holiday that, if I participated, I could get free candy. You could imagine then the excitement I had as a child when it came to Easter. I had completely bought into the commercialized aspect of the holiday including the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, and scavenger hunts. As a kid, I thought the Easter bunny was almost as cool as Santa Claus.
Fast-forwarding to my teenage years and Easter for me, like many of my friends at the time, took on a different meaning. It became one of those less important holidays in my calendar year, almost in the same category as Groundhog Day. I knew about it and that people still celebrated it, but it no longer held any real relevance in my life. I felt as if I had outgrown Easter in a sense. I also found out the Easter Bunny wasn’t real and now he didn’t seem as cool as Santa Claus. When I transitioned into early adulthood, all of my misconceptions and ideas about Easter began to change the day I made one the most important decisions in my life. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was then that I finally understood the true meaning of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, as I prefer to call it now. I finally understood how I had become separated from being in right standing with God and had no hope of having a personal relationship with Him because of sin. I was destined to spend eternity separated from God in a place called hell. However, God in his infinite goodness sent Jesus Christ (fully man and fully God) to pay the penalty for sin on the cross, repairing the relationship between man and God. It is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that I now know I have the assurance that when I die I get to spend eternity with God in heaven. The more I come to know God through reading my bible, praying, being a part of a church community, and sharing in the hope I have in Jesus Christ, the more I’ve found Resurrection Sunday to become one of the most important dates on my calendar.
I now get excited every year for Resurrection Sunday, not because of the Easter bunny, but rather because of Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt He is real, cooler than Santa Claus, and I could never outgrow my need for him. Now as many of you already know, Resurrection Sunday is right around the corner and churches all over the world will be preparing to celebrate this significant event in human history. However, for me I feel as if Resurrection Sunday has yet again taken on a different significance in my life this year. The harsh realities of life have helped me to gain a new outlook of the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Resurrection Sunday has not only become a time to remember what God has done through Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago, but also serves as a great reminder of the hope that is still yet to come. The hope I have in knowing that because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ I will one day be reunited with my uncle who passed away last month. The hope I have in knowing how every hardship, setback, failed aspiration, and disappointment I’ve faced in life will be nothing compared to spending eternity in the presence of God. I guess you can say that Resurrection Day became a day to remember the great hope I have in Jesus Christ. I pray as you take the time to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your family or friends this time of year you also are reminded of the hope you have in Jesus Christ.
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