As I was doing my weekly grocery shopping the other day, I was amazed to find a whole section devoted to Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, peeps, sugary treats, cavity makers and artificial grass – along with baskets of all sizes and shapes filled with toys and more sweet stuff. Maybe it has something with growing older, because when I was a young mom, the Easter bunny was a big part of this most holy of days.
When our children are growing up, why do we feel we have to sugar coat everything? I mean it’s the same with Christmas and other Christian observances as well. Anything wrapped in chocolate becomes our focus. The truth of Good Friday isn’t pretty at all. It’s raw and ugly. The suffering Savior, bruised for our iniquities died. He was buried in the secure tomb of a rich man. He overcame death and foreshadowed our resurrection through His own.
Again, maybe it’s because I’m aging ungracefully. My ideas about Christian holy days has deepened over time and I get a little miffed at the thought of my salvation being covered with jelly beans and chocolate eggs. Maybe it’s because I can’t afford to indulge in those special treats and gifts as much as I once did. Maybe it’s because our world has forgotten what was involved in that original Easter morning. Instead of being shrouded in empty burial cloths, we’ve chosen to view Easter as the coming of spring.
What is Easter all about? Is it all about me? Is it all about celebrating? Is it just another day? Is it about fancy clothes and gorgeous spring flowers? Is it time for another extravagant feast with special food and over indulgence? Yes to most of those questions. Unfortunately, the most important of Christian holidays has been commercialized into just another flashy, marketing extravaganza.
Truly, Easter is all about JESUS! HE is the One who took on the sin of the world. HE did so willingly, because of His love for us. HE suffered, was humiliated, broken, pierced, spat upon, tortured, bloodied and abandoned by God. HE endured all of this so we wouldn’t have to. HE died. HE conquered the devil and fulfilled the covenant between man and God. HE ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY!
Take time this Easter weekend to think about why we Christians are so happy about this amazing grace. Ponder the cost. Get down on your knees and thank Jesus for what HE has done for us and bring on the Alleluias.