BBQ pits roaring with flames, meat sizzling, and children of all ages, bunnies laying colored eggs filled with candy, money, prizes, and confetti.
These are all Easter traditions.
Traditions are what we have taught our children. We have failed to teach them the true message behind this holiday: The death of Jesus Christ, the salvation of our souls from the pits of hell, and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. That is the true meaning behind Easter.
Good Friday starts the “Easter” celebration. Schools let out early and businesses close down. It is the day that Jesus was crucified on the Cross, the day that He took our place.
“And when they crucified him,” according to the Holy Bible (Mark 15:22).
Nails hammered into his feet and hands which held him to the wooden cross. Blood running down his face from the crown of thorns. Images that may be hard to imagine happening. Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ made these images realistic.
Jesus took his last breathe and died.
“He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up his Spirit.” (John 19:30)
As custom, Jesus was put in a tomb where He was to lie forevermore, but God had a different plan. Jesus rose from the dead.
Jesus gave his life so we may live. That, in short, is Easter.
Society celebrates His birth, Christmas, and His death, Easter, but forgets His message.
He came to deliver us from hell. “I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Revelation 1:18)
We take our families to church on Easter Sunday. We joined our families for the hot BBQ, chased each other and turned ourselves back into children, and for a split second, we thanked the Lord for his sacrifice.
There is more to Easter than rabbits lying eggs.
Remembering and teaching our children the true meaning. Visit with our families, enjoy the smiles and laughter, and take photos that will be looked on as generations continue to come.
But never forget the true meaning.
Jesus died for us.