Are you a Peeps fan? I must confess, Peeps are not high on my list of favorite Easter candy. I’m not a hater, I just can’t go for the artificial colored marshmallow balls. But hey, someone likes them because they are big sellers.
So what is your favorite Easter candy? Do you have one? Speaking of eating, where do you think you will go for Easter brunch? Are you cooking or eating out? Also, where do you think you will go to church? Are you going? Candy, brunch, and church seem to be the top three ways we celebrate Easter. Oh yeah, throw in an Easter egg hunt and voilà … you’ve done Easter!
When you compare how we celebrate Easter to other holidays, it seems pretty underwhelming.
Think about how we celebrate Christmas. First of all, it’s a “season” that lasts over a month. It includes all kinds of décor inside and outside the house, buying and giving gifts, special music, food galore, multiple parties, and the list goes on and on. No comparison to Easter! Even our birthdays include balloons, hats, cakes, cards, gifts, and parties. By comparison, Easter ranks pretty low on the celebration scale.
In fact, for Christians, Easter is almost like a normal Sunday with just a few extra trimmings. Yet, when it comes to God’s view of Easter, He ranks it #1.
That’s right, God gives it the gold medal of holiday celebrations. In fact, celebrating Christmas and birthdays aren’t even on God’s list. This isn’t to say they’re a bad thing, they just aren’t on His list. But Easter, on the other hand, is a big deal to God! It’s the centerpiece of Christianity!
1 Corinthians 15:13-14 – If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
So how can we do a better job of celebrating Easter as God intended? Here are three suggestions:
1. When You Talk About Jesus, Include Easter
Romans 10:9 – “… if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The foundation of the Gospel is understanding that Christ died for our sins and provides victory over death through His resurrection. Easter is central to the Gospel so make sure you mention it every time you talk about Jesus. This means that you can celebrate Easter throughout the year!
2. When You Go to Church, Include Easter
Remember, when you attend a church service on Sunday, it is all because of Easter. The early church decided to change the original day of worship from Saturday to Sunday in order to celebrate Easter every week. This means that Easter isn’t one Sunday a year but 52 Sundays a year! So be sure to thank God for Easter every Sunday.
3. When You Hang Out This Sunday, Include Easter
If we aren’t careful we can enjoy some chocolate, have a great meal, hunt for colored eggs, and never mention the resurrection of Jesus. It is easy to celebrate Easter and never talk about Easter. It honors God when we bring up the true reason for celebrating with our family and friends.
Remember this is God’s special holiday. So let’s give Him the glory!
Happy Easter Peeps!
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