If you’re anything like me, the whole Easter thing didn’t even click until you were an adult. I recall “Easter” baskets, candy, coloring dozens of eggs, and hunting for them. I also recall the annual trip to Penticton, British Columbia, for a picnic and some go-cart racing.
Then, one unsuspecting (to me) Easter Sunday, it hit me that Easter is really all about Jesus, and forgiveness of our sins. Our slate is wiped clean!
How is that, exactly? Well, try as you might, you won’t find mention in the Bible of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies — either hollow or solid — or dyed eggs hidden in the backyard.
What you WILL find, is that Jesus rose from the dead! You will find that in the 40 days after He rose, He appeared to many people, and even ate breakfast on the beach with His disciples.
Jesus’ death on the cross was accepted by God the Father, as payment in full for the sins of the whole world, from Adam’s to yours and mine! The proof of this is that He rose from the dead.
When I was in the 3rd grade, my mother made the decision that our family would become Lutherans. At some point, I was a pain in the neck, and decided that wasn’t MY choice, so I dropped out. Eventually, thanks to a little old woman named Bernice, my husband, Lance, and I decided the Lutheran church was the one for us! (Long story…)
Well, Lutherans are sort of known for singing. We sing Hymns, responsive Psalms, and Liturgies for all seasons and reasons – even for the different times of day. For example, in preparation for the season of Lent, our congregation even used to sing a “Farewell to the Alleluia.”
Though it was a temporary farewell, it set the tone for the rest of the season. Purposely extracting the “Alleluias” from our songs is noticeable, and almost painful, because we love to sing to the Lord!
nowhere more evident than on Easter morning…
Our pastor greets us on Easter with, “He is RISEN!”
The congregation is just bursting to respond, “He is risen, indeed! ALLELUIA!”
Then, as if the organist were playing while standing on her TIPTOES, the sanctuary is filled to the brim with the powerful expression of magnificent JOY, and we join in singing, “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”
Ah, YES! It’s Easter morning! Alleluia!
PEACE be with you!
What is it that brings me such joy and peace, amid the crowded church, while I’m sitting by myself on the back pew? (Lance is on ushering duty, and our son, Simon is running the PowerPoint.) Why do I even bother with singing out, in all the chaos and the hubbub?
Real joy from real forgiveness — and, it’s the peace, my friend! The peace that passes all human understanding.
I KNOW that my Redeemer lives! I know that I am forgiven of my sin, that I am free of Satan, and that I will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus, my risen Lord, my Savior, and my King!
This side of heaven, it just doesn’t get any better than that.