How to Celebrate Easter
Have you ever wondered how to properly celebrate Easter? First, Easter brings up conflicting emotions—the joy of the resurrection of Jesus and the sadness of his crucifixion. Then, believers and non-believers celebrate diversely. Sunrise services emphasize his resurrection while passion plays dramatize the last days of the Savior’s life. For some devout observers, Good Friday means that you neither work nor participate in diversions (beach, games, listening to music). Others hunt for eggs hidden by the elusive Easter bunny. With such diverse expressions (some biblical and some not!), how should we celebrate? Well… how about focusing on Jesus?
A popular Christmas slogan proclaims, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” But why limit this to Christmas? The very same truth applies to Easter. Easter brings together many facets of Jesus’ person and work. As the ultimate prophet he both prophesied his own death and resurrection (cf. John 2:13-22) and represents God’s ultimate message to us (John 1; Hebrews 1). As High Priest, he offered himself once and for all as the supreme sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 10:1-18). He still serves as our living High Priest today and offers his help to us daily (Hebrews 4:14-16).
As Savior, he guarantees us resurrection and eternal life (John 6:47, 11:25-27). How great to know that we could never add anything to what Jesus already did on the cross because he paid 100 percent of the price for our eternal salvation. As King, during his crucifixion, Jesus promised a believing thief, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). And, he will return to reign (Matthew 19:28-30; 25:31; Luke 13:34-35; Revelation 19-20).
By now you probably get the picture! Like Christmas, the Easter season offers a perfect opportunity to get back in touch with Jesus. As you attend church plays, wake up for Sunrise services, attend a Passover Seder, and gather with family for an Easter dinner, remember Jesus! Rejoice that you serve a living Lord who loves you and conquered death —for him and for you! (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). And you can certainly thank him for his perfect gift and absolutely trustworthy promise, “Truly, truly I say to you he who believes in me has eternal life” (John 6:47).