I keep on asking, “Why are easter eggs so popular during the Easter Sunday? Isn’t Easter Sunday about Jesus being raised from death?” Until now, I don’t have answer to this question but one thing is for sure, Easter Sunday won’t be the same without Jesus rising from the dead.
For me, I value Easter Sunday than Maundy Thursday nor Good Friday. Ok, it’s important that Jesus died on the cross for one reason, because He loved us no matter what, even if it means He’ll die on the cross. But the essence of dying on the cross becomes bleak if he was not raised to life.
Why? What does it mean? Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
But His death doesn’t mean anything and is not powerful enough if He was not raised to life.
“For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
– Romans 14:9
God has plans for each of us. He has plans for Jesus.
Only that if I were Jesus, I don’t want to sacrifice myself for other people. Why? Because I’m only human and I’m selfish. I want only what’s good for me and this is my nature. But Jesus, as the Lord who loves us unconditionally and willing to give up His life for our good, accepted God’s plans, no matter how hard it is for Him.
Each person is on the crossroads of their lives right now. May it be for career, family, love or religion, each and everyone of us has situations to conquer. But God has plans for us. We may not know it, but we are assured that those plans are for our ultimate good.
As we contemplate the value of today’s celebration, may we not forget that we are not only given a time for family gatherings and rest from our own priorities but
definitely, we are given a Savior who validates and assures us that anything on
this world is temporary; that through Him, through His resurrection, our faith will not waver and we have a chance for eternal life.
Death. Resurrection. Faith.
Three important words to meditate on today’s celebration.