Several weeks ago, I had a conversation with my little grandson, Ethan. We'd spent the weekend together, and as I was driving him home, I was curious how much he understood the "Holyday" that was coming up soon. Here was the conversation:
Me: Ethan, do you know what holiday comes after your spring break?
E: I don’t know!
E: Oh, Easter…yay! We get to go hunt Easter eggs and look for money!
Me: Yeah, you do! That’s so fun. But, E, why do we celebrate Easter?
E: I don’t know…
Me: We celebrate Easter, because Jesus died on a cross and three days later, on Sunday morning, he came back to life. He died and came back to life again. It’s a big deal, E! (Pause) So, why do we celebrate Easter?
E (shouting loudly): Because it’s a BIG DEAL!
He’s right. If that’s all we remember, it’s enough. Easter is a BIG DEAL! It changes everything for those of us, who recognize we are separated from God the Father by a huge gulf of sin, and we need a Savior – someone who can bridge the gulf, by taking our sins. ONLY JESUS could do that… So, he died & was buried and paid the price for our sins, covering them with his blood; and he came back to life (we call that resurrection) to give us a victorious way to live…
Easter is a BIG DEAL! I pray none of us ever forget it…and that we loudly shout it as often as we can!