If you’d like to make Easter meaningful but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Here, you’ll find tips on bringing the real meaning of Easter back in the limelight.
Every Easter, shops and supermarkets fill up on truckloads of chocolate eggs, bunny rabbits and baskets.
It’s a good season for chocolatiers. That, plus Valentines and Mothers Day!
And, as a Christian, it’s hard not to get caught up in the variety of Easter paraphernalia that is very strongly promoted everywhere. Isn’t it just a bit of fun?
The thing is, I think Easter should be fun. In fact, I think it should be the biggest celebration of the Christian calendar!
Without the resurrection of Jesus, there would be no Christianity. Without the sacrificial Lamb of God, we would all still have an unimaginable chasm separating us from our true home – heaven.
But Easter isn’t the biggest celebration in the Christian calendar.
Not yet! 😉
Easter is a mixed festival of fasting and stuffing your face with chocolate. Which is ironic as it’s also the saddest and happiest event in mankind’s history – the brutal crucifixion of our righteous saviour Jesus and his triumphant resurrection. It seems that our humanity is frequently clothed in opposites.
Here are some ideas on how you can make Easter meaningful in your home and a true cause for celebration.
1. See the reason for the season
Reflect on the reason why Jesus had to die. Why did he come in the first place?
The answer, my friend, is ‘you and I’. You and I are the reason why Jesus came to die. God’s love for us is so great that He would sacrifice His only Son so that we could know Him. Sending Jesus to die for us shows us how much God loves us (John 3:16).
Would you send your kid to death row to die for a random vicious criminal who didn’t know you and didn’t even want to know you? Neither would I.
And Jesus willing obeyed for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2) – the joy of having you and me as fellow citizens in heaven.
God’s great and profound love is a great place to start celebrating.
Make Easter Meaningful
How can you celebrate God’s incredible love in your home? What would that look like for you? How could you help your family feel the love behind Easter?
Maybe you could make heart-shaped eggs or pancakes for breakfast, or write a love note for your kids. What does an overflow of love look like in your home?
2. See the sacrifice
It’s no coincidence that Easter occurs with Passover each year. Easter was born from the Jewish festival of Passover, where the Israelites remember the night their children were spared from death.
The Passover feast dates back to the time when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and they were protected from the final plague that struck the Egyptians – a plague of death.
The only thing that saved them was the blood of a lamb. If the lamb’s blood was on their doorposts, they would be saved from an angel of death who would ‘pass over’ their houses and not harm them.
Jesus’ sacrifice is a direct parallel to the lamb that saved the Israelites centuries before. One important difference is that His blood was shed for all mankind.
Another important difference is that Jesus is the son of God. He wasn’t a pet or a possession.
He is God’s only son.
I’ve got three kids, and I can’t think of a single reason I would have one of them killed. And if I had only one child, it’d be hard for me to even let them pop round to the neighbour’s house without an escort! #dontmesswithmama
Make Easter Meaningful
Do you have something that is precious to you that you could give or loan to someone else this Easter?
Is there something that you could sacrifice for three days starting on Good Friday? And then after three days, perhaps you could have a mini celebration on Easter Monday to mark the end of your sacrifice.
3. See the joy
Easter Monday should be a joyous occasion. It took the first disciples by surprise to find that there was no body in the tomb where Jesus was laid. But when the penny dropped, they couldn’t help but talk about it!
I really love the animation The Miracle Maker featuring Ralph Fiennes. It’s a beautiful movie to watch with all the family, especially at Easter.
And the joy of the first disciples when they meet with Jesus after his resurrection is vivid. It really captures their awe and excitement.
Something miraculous, beyond their imagination had happened. Could they dare to believe it? It was impossible. And yet, it was true! Jesus was alive and hadn’t left them. And what’s more, he had conquered death. And now, not even death could separate them from God.'We live and die. Christ died and lives!' - John StottClick To Tweet
Knowing that a place in heaven is secured for you is definitely something to be joyful about.
Make Easter Meaningful
How can you make Easter Monday a celebration? Could you invite friends over (even for a pizza)? Call up loved ones you haven’t spoken to in a while? What would a celebration look like in your life?
However you plan to make Easter meaningful, I hope that you can appreciate the depth and breadth of the love God has for you.
You are a gem.
Get out there and shine!
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