Summary: A look at the real meaning of Easter. A devotional for the church newsletter.

What is Easter All About?

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

March 2004

We have candy coated Easter, literally. We have made Easter about candy filled baskets, colorful plastic eggs, chocolate surprises and cute little bunnies. Is this what Easter is really all about or is there something more than we should celebrate?

Easter is about the impossible becoming a reality. Easter is about death giving way to life. Easter is about a savior who died and a Lord who lives for eternity. It is worst tragedy melting into the greatest triumph. It is about the penalty of sin being paid with blood as the price of salvation.

I believe that Paul gives us the essentials about Easter in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Paul shows that the part worth celebrating on Easter is the most important part of the church. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe because we had a debt that we could not pay. He died the death that we all deserve and He was raised to new life to offer us a hope we could not imagine.

What is Easter all about? Easter is about a stone being rolled away, a savior being risen and the sting of death being removed. It is about Christ doing the unthinkable to win your heart and God doing the unimaginable to give you new life. I think that is the part that is worth celebrating because without the resurrection, Easter is just an ordinary day. So this Easter take a few moments to put the candy aside and spend some time in the wonder of the empty tomb.

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