The Celebration of Easter

The Celebration of Easter
by Ronnie Hewitt
Why is it that the Easter bunny and egg hunts seem to be more exciting than news about Christ’s death and resurrection? Maybe it’s because we simply haven’t grasped the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest feat in the annals of human history. It is the very capstone in the arch of Christianity; without it, all else crumbles. When we fully comprehend the significance of the resurrection, our lives will be revolutionized. Without the resurrection, there is no hope. Indeed, without the resurrection, there would be no Christianity.
We need to come to a conclusion today that the resurrection of Jesus is more than a fairy tale, more than a legend, and more than some religious symbol. It is a historical fact that is indisputable. Today, we celebrate the fact that the stone which sealed the life and love of God has been rolled away, that our hopes are alive in the resurrection of Jesus.
God’s Word speaks of this hope as “an anchor for the soul.” It is often the unspoken strength that allows us to rise each day and face the uncertainties of life. In the midst of our losses and let downs, we can anchor our souls with divine strength. The hope of Easter isn’t the hope of a naïve fool or nagging optimist, it’s a hope that meets us in the real world.
Far too often, we get caught up in the celebrations of Easter and we forget what it is we are celebrating. This is not a celebration of spring, but the resurrection of our King. He died for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.
His resurrection guarantees our own resurrection when He comes again. As believers, death can never harm us because Jesus has conquered it victoriously and eternally!
We should want to stand on rooftops this morning and cry out about the resurrection of our Lord. While you may be broken because of sin and unfixable by anyone in the world; because of what Jesus did on the cross to pay the penalty of your sins, and the fact that tomb is empty and Jesus is alive – you’ve been given an opportunity to not only be fixed, but to become a new creation and to have fellowship with God. That’s the joy of Resurrection morning. God can fix you spiritually, and you can have the hope that He will one day complete your redemption!