Easter baskets, bunnies, and boiled eggs will be the center of attention in just a couple of weeks, if it hasn’t started yet in your area.
We do not celebrate Easter in this manner. I do not even like to call it Easter Sunday. We prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday.
Now, please know, I have not done some in depth study into the origin of Easter and have made this decision based on facts that I studied.
No…we have just made this decision based on our thoughts on how our culture perceives Easter.
Easter has become a celebration of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. We have huge Easter egg hunts and have found yet another way to shower our children with gifts from an imaginary character. Hmmm…. We just do not see the value in these practices.
It seems to me, that it’s just another tactic from Satan to distract us from the true reason we should be celebrating. Christ is RISEN! Isn’t just like Satan to distort and take our eyes off of the true meaning. We want to bring the focus onto Christ not off of Him.
I know that all of us that are Christians, ultimately believe that is the true reason we celebrate, but why do we need to add extra “stuff” to this celebration?
Christ is enough!
The resurrection is the gospel message in the truest sense of the word. It is the good news!
Jesus Christ died as the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
He was buried.
He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Jesus Christ conquered the grave.
He has defeated death!
He has given us Victory!
HE IS ALIVE!
The question would be how do we shift our focus and teach our children the right and true reason we celebrate?
Here are 3 steps to shift the focus to Christ for Easter:
- Be intentional! Look for ways to incorporate the Resurrection story. In the past we have used Resurrection Eggs to tell the story. This works great for young children.
- Replace the cultures normal practices with Christian activities. It can be something as easy as replacing the chocolate bunnies with a chocolate cross (I usually find them at Walmart). I have also replaced bunnies with lambs….”The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29) We do not necessarily do baskets, but we do partake of certain candies during the preceding week. (Like yummy Robin Eggs 🙂 )
- Make Resurrection Sunday church attendance special. We normally buy new dresses for the girls and new dress shirts and ties for the boys. We also sing our favorite resurrection songs as a family on the way to church.
Resurrection Day should be a day of rejoicing in our Savior for His great love!
Let the world have the baskets, bunnies, and boiled eggs. Let’s not get distracted by what the culture deems as important.
For He has Risen…..HE HAS RISEN INDEED!