When my sister and I were little, we eagerly looked forward to spring–and Easter. Easter Sunday meant fluffy dresses, frilly white ankle socks, colored barrettes, and shiny little white shoes.
The week before Easter was filled with excitement, too–because we knew we’d be hunting for dozens of Easter eggs in the back yard. To my sister and me, Easter meant bickering over candy, singing in church, getting grass stains on our white socks, and ignoring our parents’ pleas to not eat too much candy before dinner.
Through our childish eyes, Easter was a day for rejoicing in candy and not in the Lord. But as the years passed and my understanding deepened. Easter is so much more than frilly dresses, Easter egg hunts, and candy. It’s a celebration of the ultimate sacrifice made for every one of us, a sacrifice that led to the glorious rising of new life.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
This message is an excerpt from “Easter joy” by Ralen M. Robinson in the April 2019 issue of Cafe’s Faith Reflections. Today is Easter Day. Hallelujah!