It should be a day for celebration like none other.
As opposed to Good Friday, it’s obvious to see why Easter should be celebrated. Jesus Christ’s resurrection defeated death and gave mankind a pathway to redemption. That’s certainly cause for celebration. Oh, and don’t take my word for it. Read for yourself:
Bible Gateway passage: John 20 - New International Version
The Empty Tomb - Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw…
But every year, a question comes to my mind — have I taken this day for granted?
Having grown up in the church, Easter is certainly a special day. But has it just become one of the few days each year where the church is packed full? Or one of the days where we have a big meal? Is that all it is to me?
No, it certainly should be much more.
If Good Friday is all about tension, Easter must be about celebration. It is about releasing the tension of the cross and rejoicing in Christ’s glorious triumph. If all I do to commemorate that triumph is share a meal at church and buy a chocolate bunny at the grocery store, am I not missing something?
Before I go any further, let me say that this is not a post about the commercialization of Easter. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to do an easter egg hunt or dress up as the Easter bunny. Those things are fun and mostly innocuous.
But we can’t miss the point of the celebration.
On the other hand, is any celebration on my part going to fully encapsulate what happened on that day? Is there any way for me to completely commemorate what Christ did for me? No, of course not.
So where does that leave us?
Pause and Reflect
I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s nothing I can do in one day to celebrate what Christ did. So what am I to do on Easter, then?
Tomorrow, I will be going to my brother’s church for their Easter celebration service. I’m going to enjoy the time with family and friends.
But I want to really take time to reflect and consider what this day is about and the cause for celebration. I want to take time to stop and think. To hear voices raised singing praises to God. To see sunlight shining through church windows and washing over wooden pews.
I want to remember what God has done and pay closer attention to what He’s doing.
However, I do not think reflection is enough. It’s the days after Easter where I think the celebration truly begins.
A Worthy Celebration
Consider the words of Romans 12:1…
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.”
I believe the only way for me to truly commemorate what Christ did for me on Easter is to give Him my entire life. All that I have is given to Him in service for what He’s done.
There’s really nothing more that I can possibly give. There’s no greater celebration or commemoration. If I could give more, I would. But I think God understands. In fact, I think that’s exactly what He wants.
So tomorrow, I’m going to take time to pause and think. And the days after that? Well, I guess that’s up to God.
Aaron Charles is a writer and marketing account executive from Indiana. You can connect with him on Twitter, Medium or Instagram. Aaron and his wife Sarah run a Medium publication called Cooking With Sarah that documents their weekly cooking adventures.