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a reason to celebrate

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

A Reason to Celebrate


A Sunday School teacher asked her class on the Sunday before Easter if they knew what happened on Easter and why it was so important. One little girl spoke up saying: "Easter is when the whole family gets together, and you eat turkey and sing about the pilgrims and all that." "No, that’s not it," said the teacher.


"I know what Easter is," a second student responded. "Easter is when you get a tree and decorate it and give gifts to everybody and sing lots of songs." "Nope, that’s not it either," replied the teacher.


Finally, a third student spoke up, "Easter is when Jesus was killed, and put in a tomb and left for three days." "Ah, thank goodness somebody knows" the teacher thought to herself.

But then the student went on: "Then everybody gathers at the tomb and waits to see if Jesus comes out, and if he sees his shadow he has to go back inside, and we have six more weeks of winter."


Some folks have some weird ideas about Easter. Some think it’s a fashion show to show off their fancy wardrobe. Others think it’s about a bunny and eggs. I think that one is funny because I’ve never known a bunny to lay an egg.


I saw a beautiful statement on Facebook this week,

“Some people think Easter is about a bunny, but it’s really about a Lamb.”

I’m not a fan of the term “Easter” mainly because it comes from a pagan background relating to the celebration of a pre-Christian goddess named Eostre. A British Monk name Venerable Bede wrote that the month in which English Christians were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus had been called Eosturmonath in Old English, referring to a goddess named Eostre. And even though Christians had begun affirming the Christian meaning of the celebration, they continued to use the name of the goddess to designate the season.


I prefer to call it “Resurrection Sunday” because there is no other reason to celebrate the day, but for the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God rose from the grave, victorious over the curse of death. Because of His victory, everyone who embraces Him as Lord will experience that same victory over death forever. That is a reason to celebrate!


The New Testament writers like Paul, Peter, John and Luke were enamored and empowered by their knowledge of Christ’s resurrection and all it means to every believer. It was Christ’s resurrection power and what it meant to them that drove them to keep telling the story and lead others to a relationship with Him.


This Sunday we will have two great services with two great themes for our messages. The message at our Sunrise Service will be “Because He Lives” based on 1 Corinthians 15:19-28. We will look at what his resurrection means to us. At the regular Morning Worship Service, the message will be titled “Who Will Roll Away the Stone” based on Mark 16:1-8 as we will see what God does to make Christ’s resurrection happen in our lives. We will have music and celebration all morning. I look forward to sharing Resurrection Sunday with you.


Focused on the Risen Savior,

Jon

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