For the first 30 plus years, of my 37 years, I really did not understand what Easter was. What I did know about Easter was that:
- You go to see the Easter bunny at the mall and have an awkward family photo taken.
- The Easter bunny comes and gives an insane amount of candy that if I ate it all I would end up like Violet from Willy Wonka.
- You go to church.
- Church is always packed - standing room only - and since we are always late we have to stand.
- You gather as a family and enjoy a delicious meal.
Easter as I knew it was a fun holiday filled with family and food with faith sprinkled on top.
That may be where you still are with Easter. I get it. Be there and enjoy your day today!
For me, in the past few years or so Easter has taken on a whole new meaning. Yes, we still have Easter baskets, family get togethers, delicious meals and go to church but rather than faith being sprinkled on top, faith is the foundation of this day for me.
I have come to understand that Easter is the foundation of Christianity. That is a pretty amazing when you think about it. Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead, three days after dying on the cross. With his resurrection comes the gift of hope and renewal.
Those of you who are skeptical, I get it because I was skeptical too. The more I read and learn, the more I understand that this event in history was documented by many to preserve the significance of the resurrection.
I recently read a story about an editor from the Chicago Tribune who was an atheist. His wife became a Christian. He admitted that his first thoughts were of divorce and profanity when he learned of her decision. With his background as a journalist he chose to investigate Christianity. He realized that the resurrection was the foundation of Christianity and spent years doing research on this historical event to disprove his wife's beliefs. What ended up happening was that he was unable to discredit the resurrection, and himself became a Christian.
It was a powerful story to read and one that made me see that this historical event wasn't just documented by those who believed in Jesus, but it was also documented by those who did not believe he was the son of God.
They say the further you move from a historical event, the number of disbelievers grows. There are even people now who are trying to discredit that the holocaust happened?! The reason people know and believe in the Holocaust is because there is documentation of those who were there and were able to share their stories. These stories have been and will be passed down from generation to generation to ensure the truth of the tragedy of the Holocaust stays alive.
The stories we read in the books, that put together are called the Bible, are also documentation of those who were there and were able to share their stories. This book has been passed down from generation to generation to ensure the truth of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus stays alive.
The way I used to see Easter was the tip of the iceberg. Now that I have ventured below the surface, this day has such depth, and I am forever grateful to see to full picture to what this day holds. Instead of questioning Jesus, now I am more curious where the Bunny and eggs came from! lol Yes, in a way Jesus has messed with the fun of what this day was to me but truth be told there is much more joy within this day than the blip of happiness I used to experience.
So whether you are an atheist, you see the tip of the iceberg, have mingled with looking below the surface or you understand the depth of the resurrection of Jesus as the foundation of Christianity, I wish you a lovely Easter.
"Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life." - John 11:25