Resurrection or Easter...what does it really mean?

Easter.

It's one of those holidays that you know you'll see Sis. Sarah's son again—the next time will be Christmas. Children are anticipating chocolate bunnies and boiled, colored eggs while dreading those infamous Easter speeches.

That's fine and good, but there’s so much more to it than that.

Resurrection.

I’m not about to go into the whole theological debate regarding the terms Resurrection versus Easter, but I will say this.

What we know about the truth we’ll be able to share that with the next generation in a way that will encourage them to think of it as more than a commercial holiday.

It’s because of Jesus Christ’s willingness to die for us—and then rise again—that we even have this holiday to celebrate. Perfect, sinless, spotless scapegoat is the life He chose to live so that we could have everlasting life as well. He looked forward to one day being reunited with His creation, so He went to great lengths to be with us. He loves us so much He gave us a choice. Choose Him or destruction. Jesus even went to hell and back, so that we wouldn’t have to experience hell— ever.

This year, I challenge you to think about Easter for what it is. A time to celebrate the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of the King of glory and knowing that because of Him, if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, we, too, have been raised from spiritual death.