All across the Christian world today, literally millions of children will awaken, go downstairs, and take part in a tradition dating back to the 1500’s. That’s when Martin Luther organized egg hunts for his parishioners on Easter. And it’s still alive and well today. Except that today, the eggs aren’t usually hard boiled. They’re candy. And kids scarf down the second most amount of candy they get in a single day all year…the most being Halloween of course.
But that’s not what makes today special.
Today is special. In fact, if you’re a Christian, today is the day that we celebrate WHY we’re Christian. This was the day that Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior, rose from the dead. It is the most important day on the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Because without today, the whole reason for being a Christian disappears.
This was the day that Jesus proved to believers and non-believers alike that he was indeed the Son of God. He died on the cross for our sins on Good Friday, but on Sunday, he rose from the dead, and joined his Father in Heaven. Without that event happening, there is little that would separate Jesus Christ from the myriad of other prophets out there. To the believers in Christianity, this was the defining moment in their belief system, or it should be. The rest is important because it tells us who Jesus was as a man. Today tells us who Jesus really was as the Son of God Almighty.
I have to stop and remind myself of that every year. In this day and age, we are all thrust into so much angst over government, over the trivial stuff that really doesn’t matter that we sometimes forget the important stuff that is critical. Like today, which was proof that everything Jesus said was true. Even if you had been around back two millennia ago, and witnessed what the Apostles witnessed, you would have realized at that moment that yes, there is a Heaven, and yes, Jesus went to “prepare a room for you”. And yes, He does sit at the right hand of the Father, and He will be back to judge you on Judgement Day. It all came to us as proof on this day so very long ago.
So, today, before the kids start talking about the Easter Bunny, and before you do your egg hunt, and dive into that chocolate rabbit or Easter ham, stop and remember why we celebrate today in the first place. Without it, there would be no Christianity. Without it, it’s no different than any other cult.
Carry on world…and Happy Easter…you’re dismissed!