I want to talk about Easter. Not the Easter we see in Macy’s commercials, where the kids in dressy clothes run around looking for eggs to give to a man in a bunny costume. I want to talk about the reality of what Easter should mean.
It is arguably the most important holiday in the Christian faith, as it signifies the resurrection of Jesus and the new life and hope he brings. Followers of Christ believe He (Jesus) died on Good Friday, was buried in a sealed tomb, but then rose again from the dead on Easter Sunday. This was the final act of victory for God, wiping us clean of our sin and abolishing the need for sacrifice, since the one perfect, spotless lamb had been slain. Thus we have victory in Him.
But what does this all really mean?
For one thing, Jesus’ death and resurrection does not give us excuse to continue sinning (as we obviously will), so it’s not like Easter made our earth perfect or anything. Our world is definitely still fallen. What Jesus did save us from living our lives in deathly fear of making mistakes.
Of course, we still need to work to be the least sinful possible, as we are His children and we should strive to live clean lives. But now, if we do sin, we have that comfort of salvation because someone else paid the debt we could never pay. There’s no way we could pay for all our sin on our own, but He has suffered the pain for us.
Now we may live as those who have been set free! Our sins are paid for and we have a Father in heaven who will forgive us when we repent of our sins. It’s a feeling of hope, awe, and freedom. After this amazing gift, we must treasure it, and not allow ourselves to become slaves again by getting trapped in sin.
That’s what Easter is all about. It’s not about bunnies or big family dinners or decorated eggs. It is about our freedom and the man who bought it when we were too poor and broken in our sin to pay for it–Jesus.