“Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in His resurrection. Let him say not merely, ‘Christ is risen,’ but ‘I shall rise.’” – Phillips Brooks
Easter is a holiday when all Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he was crucified on the cross. It is probably the most celebrated occasion in the Christian calendar and is considered even more important than Christmas itself.
According to Christianity.com, “the significance of Easter is Jesus Christ's triumph over death. His resurrection means the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. The purpose of Easter also means the full confirmation of all that Jesus taught and preached during His three-year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, if He had simply died and not been resurrected, He would have been thought just another teacher or prophet. However, His resurrection rebuked all that and provided final and undeniable proof that He was really the Son of God and that He had overcome death once and for all.”
Easter Sunday, paired with the beauty of springtime, is a wonderful time of hope, joy, and renewal for all. It’s a great opportunity to let go of the baggage of the past, and look forward to a brighter and better future.
Here’s a beautiful and inspiring poem I’d like to share with you today for this special occasion:
O sad-faced mourners, who each day are wending
Through churchyard paths of cypress and of yew,
Leave for today the low graves you are tending,
And lift your eyes to God’s eternal blue!
It is no time for bitterness or sadness;
Choose Easter lilies, not pale asphodels;
Let your souls thrill to the caress of gladness,
And answer the sweet chime of Easter bells.
If Christ were still within the grave’s low prison,
A captive of the Enemy we dread;
If from that rotting cell He had not risen,
Who then could dry the gloomy tears you shed?
If Christ were dead there would be need to sorrow,
But He has risen and vanquished death today;
Hush, then your sighs, if only till tomorrow,
At Easter give your grief a holiday.
May Riley Smith
[Source: Cowman, Mrs. Charles E.; Reimann, Jim. Streams in the Desert (pp. 173-174). Zondervan.]
Jesus Christ is alive and always amongst us. His existence in this world is not only a historical fact, it’s actually a living truth. This is what makes Easter special: celebrating the glorious truth that Christ is alive. So, have faith in the Lord and look within and without to worship the Christ who lives.
Christ breathes life into each of us. Because he lives, we live. And because he got resurrected, we too have the potential within us to get renewed no matter what happened in the past.
"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances." — Robert Flatt
Wishing you a Happy Easter! Hope you have a wonderful and joyous time today with your loved ones. God bless!