Monday, April 2, 2012

Why is Easter So Important?

I truly enjoy spring. All the trees are becoming green again, flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the wind is mild.  Spring wakes up the animals, waters the earth and radiantly displays God's wonderful artwork of nature!  Spring is my second favorite season! Can you tell?  :-)

Spring also brings Easter.  Everywhere I go, I see chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, plastic eggs, egg dying kits, spring stickers, fake basket grass, egg hunts, all sorts of candy, etc, etc, etc....  All of this is fun, fun, fun. However, bunnies, candy and eggs are not what Easter is about.  Like Christmas, the true meaning gets lost in all of the commercialism.  

Why do we celebrate Easter? Why is this holiday so important?  These are the questions I want to answer for my children.  It is vital to their souls to learn the TRUE meaning of Easter.  Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who came to earth to seek and save us!  Easter is about Christ's death on the cross, bearing all our sins and shame, so that we may live for an eternity with God!  Without Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection, we would still have to depend high priests, the only ones allowed to enter the Holy of Holies, to sacrifice animals and beg for God's mercy on our behalf. Jesus Christ is now our high priest, sitting at the right hand of God, petitioning to Him on our behalf! 

I don't know about you, but I am grateful that we allowed to converse with God no matter what time of day (or night) or where we are.  I am grateful that forgiveness of our sins is applied when we truly repent with a contrite heart. 

Sin, where are your shackles?
Death, where is your sting?
Hell has been defeated!! 
The grave could not hold the KING!!

This Easter cannot pass us by without our children learning the true meaning of it all. I am compelled to find ways to relate this crucial lesson to them this week. 

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