Just a few more days and we can celebrate Easter. It’s my very favorite holiday. Now I can hear you question me: ‘But wasn’t your favorite holiday Christmas?’ Sure, it is! I love Christmas, the lights, the warmth, the sappy movies, I love everything about Christmas. And yes, we celebrate the birth of Christ, which is pretty amazing. But when it comes to Easter, we’ve been given the most hopeful message of all.
Jesus came to live with us, humans, as a human being. He was one of us. That was the purpose of His visit to earth. Simply put, He narrowed down the distance between us and God. Yes, He was the Son of God, but He taught us that we are all children of God. Men, women, animals, all living beings. We kind of take it for granted most of the time. Except when it comes to the story of the rising from the death of Jesus. Surely, His rising from death is not human. It must be God-like. No human can rise from death. Right? Right.
Still, Jesus came to live with us, humans, as an example and a teacher. As He was one of us, how can we forget the most important part he taught us? That we, too, may live on forever? We, too, may rise from death when it’s our time. How magically wonderful is that! We don’t ever have to worry or wonder what will happen after we’re gone from this earth. Because Jesus gave us His answer. Spirit gave us His answer. It’s that simple and yet, it’s the most profound secret we ever learned.
With the passing of my mom we all sang ‘Thyne Be the Glory’. It was a comfort and a promise. This Easter we will sing it again. Trumpets will accompany us while we all sing together in church. I’m not a regular church goer but at Easter I make an exception. If just for this hymn. For to sing it out loud, with joy and conviction is a celebration of life.
And yes, we celebrate life, every minute of it. With gusto and with gratitude. And when it’s our time to leave this earth we know we will live on. Some time ago it was promised that we, too, shall rise again. So don’t worry about a thing anymore. Celebrate! I wish everybody a very happy Easter!