After many years of celebrating Easter, I had never before heard the term, “Easter People.” I soon learned that it is the type of person I am striving to become. It is a person who lives Easter every day. Someone who is aware of the awesome and amazing life giving power of the Resurrection. In living Easter each day, a person remembers that because of the Resurrection the world is not the end but instead, they will someday wake up into life that is eternal.
As Easter approaches this year, it conjures up memories of that special day when I was
a child. There were new clothes, well not entirely new, they were clothes from an aunt made over to fit me, by a seamstress. Patent leather shoes went with the dress, (never white, they weren’t worn until after Memorial Day), a new hat, and a basket of goodies. Then there was church. The whole family didn’t go, just the four of us kids. Sometimes I wonder if we were sent to church because it would reflect well on the family? But church had a far greater effect on me, I learned there that I had a Savior who died for my sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. It took me a while to realize that Christ died once for all and that it is His blood that cleanses people from their sins. Fortunately both of my parents came to this realization before their deaths.
For some people, Easter is just another day. In some places, like the UK, Easter is becoming close to being banned for fear of offending the minority. This may be coming here in the U.S., as well. Recently a college is considering eliminating holidays. This means students won’t be home to worship God on days celebrated for this purpose.
Is the true meaning of Easter lost, because of today’s traditions? I believe the Easter basket is not responsible for losing the meaning, but instead, it’s people who know not the true meaning or care not to pass it on to their families. Even an Easter basket can tell the true meaning of Easter as a chocolate cross graces its center and tiny marshmallow chicks represent the new life given us at Christ’s death.
Before writing this post of shirlandyou, I researched the question, “what does Easter mean to you?” I couldn’t help but weep when I read that some people couldn’t believe in the Holy Bible as proof that there is a divine God or a heavenly spirit. Today many children are not given the opportunity to hear the life saving messages being preached in Bible believing churches. Better that they be sent than to miss ever hearing about God.
“Easter People” live with these words ringing in their hearts. “I serve a risen savior, He’s in the world today. I know that He is living whatever men my say.” “Easter People” know that Jesus loves them and when He died for them He had a plan for their lives. That plan includes everlasting life, and there’s more, it’s becoming the feet and hands, heart and mind of God, now, as we continue the work of Christ in our own time. Are you among the “Easter People” of today?