“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.” John 3:16-17.
In my lifetime, I have never not gone to church to celebrate Easter. Even people who do not regularly attend church would either go to some type of service or would the spend the day with family and friends to recognize the Easter holiday. My family would always attend church, have a wonderful dinner together, and do a huge outdoor Easter egg hunt for the kids. It is a tradition we all looked forward to every year. Who doesn’t look forward to good food, fun, and all the yummy easter candy? Reese’s peanut butter eggs and Cadbury eggs are two of my favorites, YUM!! More importantly though, as a Christian, Easter is one of the most important holidays. The celebration that Jesus is Alive!!
With everything that is going on the world right now, the normal Easter celebrations are going to look much different . In person church services are canceled and most services will be streamed online for people to watch at home. Instead of families dressing up in their matching, colorful Easter attire, they will be watching the service from their couch in PJ’s or leisure clothes. Small dinners with our family will be served in our home, and no large family celebrations will be taking place. Kids will not be going to take pictures with the Easter bunny and doing community Easter egg hunts. Instead parents will be trying to think of creative ways to hide eggs in and around our homes. The normal traditions of Easter that we all take part in will look much different this year.
Even though things are looking very different this Easter, we all must remember the reason for the holiday. It never was about the large gatherings, the dinners, and it certainly wasn’t about the Easter Bunny or egg hunts. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus. One thing I know for certain is that the true meaning of Easter over the years has become lost. People get so caught up in buying pretty clothes and putting together baskets, or attending big community events, that they lose sight in what the true meaning really is.
I am certainly not happy in everything that is happening right now, and the havoc COVID-19 is taking in our lives. However, I am happy that my family will be able to shift focus on what Easter really means to us. That we will be able to celebrate without all the extras distracting us. We will just truly be able to celebrate Jesus as a family. Hopefully everyone across the world will be able to do the same. They will take away the bunny, the eggs, and the baskets and remember what the holiday is truly about.
As I sit and think about what Easter means, it also brings me comfort in what is a very dark time in our lives. The death and resurrection of Jesus teaches us not to fear. Even when we face death, do not fear. The love God has for us is so strong that it even defeats death. Easter is about love. God’s love is greater than anything. With his love we are strong, we are conquerors, and we are complete. Easter is about hope. Hope for our present and our future. The gift of Jesus brings hope into all our lives. Easter teaches us to be strong. No matter what is going on around us, or what people may be doing, God is always stronger. God is stronger than this virus , and it will be defeated.
I encourage each of you to gather with your families and celebrate the true meaning of Easter. Let your husbands, wives, children and others know what Easter means to you. Take advantage of this time we have to shift your focus to the one that is above it all. Let it bring you and your family peace during this difficult time. Remind yourself and others that perfect love always wins. Love defeats it all.
I pray each of you have a very blessed Easter with your families. I pray that each of you are covered with God’s perfect love and abundant blessings today.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.
Love and hugs,