Reflections on Easter
By Adam Bowman, Interstate Batteries® Assistant Chaplain
It is easy to forget why we celebrate Easter. With all the Easter egg hunts, baskets of goodies, coloring eggs, and spending time with family, the true meaning of Easter often gets lost. Much like Christmas, Easter has become a hodge podge of mixed traditions and marketing gimmicks with a little truth sprinkled here and there. But the real truth is that Easter is a time to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
That’s right, I said celebrate! That sounds weird to say when you talk about the death of the Son of God, but without His sacrifice we would be lost for all eternity. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All means all. You can probably think of some people in your life who you would consider a ‘good’ person, but they are still sinners. Romans 3:12 goes so far as to say that “there is no one who does good.” That sounds bad but the bad part comes in Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death… .” We have all sinned, and the penalty of our sin is death!
Thankfully, that is not where this story ends. The second half of Romans 6:23 states, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Many of you have probably heard that verse at some point in your life, but really meditate on the words. What is the “gift of God?” Well, that gift is exactly why we celebrate Easter. A verse that you see used and abused in our culture today is John 3:16, “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The one true, almighty God of the Universe showed mercy and compassion on his creation to send His one and only Son to be beaten and crucified so that you and I could spend eternity with Him. If that’s not something to celebrate, than I don’t know what is.
So this year as you gather your family together to color eggs, hide them, and then hunt for them, take some time to remember the true meaning of Easter. Spend time thanking God for the gifts he has given you. Most of all the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ!