Most of us will buy candy for our kids, put on our better clothes for church, and attend a special service or two this Easter season. Perhaps we’ll even get up early and go to a sunrise service nearby.
But the question will still always be, Does Easter make any difference in my life?
Hopefully, of course, we know that Easter is not about bunnies and pastels, parades or special dinners, as enjoyable as those may be. Easter is when we remember both the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s being reminded that a relationship with God the Father is only possible through Christ because we could never get to God on our own.
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me. And when we put our trust in Christ and invite Him in we begin a family relationship with God and a life forever in His presence.
So if that is true what differences can we experience in our lives right now? Let me suggest five things that I hope you’re embracing and enjoying already.
We have freedom from shame. It doesn’t matter how we’ve messed up, God still values us.
We have freedom from fear. Yes we have concerns about lots of things, but fear never can own us.
We have freedom from selfishness. No, we’ll never be 100% selfless but God’s Spirit in us helps us become more about Him and others, less about us.
We have freedom from materialism. Things become less important and doing or having things that matter for eternal benefits become a higher priority.
Finally, we have freedom from death. Bad things still happen to Christians. People die early, get diseases and have accidents. But we can know that this life is not the end. Death is simply the start of something new and beyond imagination.
So as you celebrate Easter this weekend, sing songs, enjoy other inspiring music, take communion and delight in your family, remember that Easter does make a difference. Tell others about it. Think on it. Thank God for what He gave you that first Easter weekend. It literally changed the world.