For weeks we’ve been bombarded with seemingly endless ads and sales for Easter — “Get the perfect doll/car/book/movie/toy for the Easter Basket!” This year, for some reason, the commercialization of the holiday has gotten to me so much that I think I’m going to start calling today Resurrection Day like many others have done already. It seems a more fitting name to remind myself why we celebrate.
So, as you go to worship services, spend time with family and rejoice on this day, don’t let the gifts, baskets, egg hunts and dinners (as fun as they are!) distract you from the reason we celebrate.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” (Luke 24:1-7 NIV)
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30, 31 NIV)
From my family to yours, Happy Resurrection Day!