As Easter approaches, many of us will be thinking increasingly about what we’re going to be doing come next Sunday—attend our Easter service, eat too much, take family photos, and, for those with children, probably cleaning up candy wrappers and plastic Easter egg shells. But that’s not really what Easter’s all about. Easter is about Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross to save us from our sins and the hope that we have in His resurrection. Easter, at its core, is a time to commemorate this, to celebrate it, and be thankful for it. However, all too often it ends up getting lost somewhere behind a giant bunny in a pile of candy-colored Easter grass. Don’t get me wrong, I like holiday festivities. But it’s also important to remember why we’re celebrating.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Because of Jesus’ intermediary death, we have the hope of eternal life.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.” He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
And because of this, as God’s children, sin cannot hold us fast. The ultimate sacrifice has already been made—“It is finished.”
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,” Titus 2:11
That’s what Easter’s really about.