Years ago, my wife and I had travelled to another city and were entertaining a young lady on Easter weekend. She was a freshman in her high school and was being raised by an unchristian mother and without regular exposure to Christian teachings and values. We had purchased a beautiful dress and accessories for her and had intended to attend a local church’s Easter service. When we had dressed and were waiting in our motel room until time for the services, the young lady called me by her favorite name for me, and asked, “What does Easter mean?”

Years ago, my wife and I had travelled to another city and were entertaining a young lady on Easter weekend. She was a freshman in her high school and was being raised by an unchristian mother and without regular exposure to Christian teachings and values. We had purchased a beautiful dress and accessories for her and had intended to attend a local church’s Easter service. When we had dressed and were waiting in our motel room until time for the services, the young lady called me by her favorite name for me, and asked, “What does Easter mean?”
It took several moments and a few questions of my own for me to realize that she had no concept of the origin of and the spiritual significance of this great Christian observance. Further conversation revealed that for her, the Easter Bunny and baskets and egg hunts was all she had ever learned. That day, we observed Easter at a lakeside park reading and explaining the Scriptures pertaining to promises of the Messiah in the Old Testament and the gospel story of the ministry of Jesus, his teaching, his death on the cross and his resurrection.
With all the hype of Easter rabbits, egg hunts and the secularization of society, I wonder how many children and adults have a skewed concept of the true meaning of Easter?
Easter is another scene in the drama depicting God’s efforts to redeem people from our sins. The entire picture reveals humans, who were created by God for fellowship with himself, rebelling against God and separating themselves from God. It is a beautiful portrayal of an awesome God loving all persons, and devising a plan to bring sinful man back to himself.
The plan included God becoming man and as a man, living without committing any sin; and then taking man’s sin upon himself and dying for our sins. The end? No.
From Good Friday when he was crucified until the first day of the Jewish calendar, His body lay in a borrowed tomb. Then, he arose from the dead (Easter) and was seen by many people, teaching, and commissioning his church for witness and ministry. Then he ascended into heaven waiting to come again to receive all who have trusted in him.
The good news for you today is, “God loves you!” (John 3:16). Jesus wants to and will give you eternal life. This includes life with him here on earth, and life with him is life far above the ordinary, (John 10:10). You can only receive this life thru faith in Jesus and a willful choice to follow him as your Lord, (John 14:1-6; Ephesians 2:--8-10; Romans 10:8-13). Try trusting Jesus! This writer did more than 75 years ago, and I know him whom I believe and I have a strong assurance that he is able and will keep that (my life) which I have committed unto him.
You may contact E.J. Bradshaw at (337) 238-0440, or by email at bro.bradvba@yahoo.com.