What thoughts come to your mind when you hear the word Easter? For some, the thoughts are of candy, colorful eggs, and egg hunts. Some think of getting new clothes. For others it is a time to visit family and share a meal together.
For some Easter is one of the two times a year they attend church. The other time is, of course, Christmas.
While all of this has become a part of the Easter celebration, we must always remember the true meaning of Easter. In reality Easter is not just a day, or even a season, it is the life-long celebration of a life-changing event that happened over two thousand years ago.
Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is significant because Jesus Christ is God in human form, who came to earth to die for our sins. This is significant for each of us because "everyone has sinned" (Romans 3:23) and "the penalty for sin is death" (Romans 6:23).
Because God loves us so much He came to earth as a human being and died on the cross for our sins. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and therefore conquered the penalty for sin, which is death.
"But doesn't everyone still die?" you might be asking. Yes, we still die, but the difference is what happens after that. Because of the love of Jesus, and his death and resurrection, those who follow Him will live with Him for eternity in heaven.
Those who choose not to follow Him will live forever without Him in hell. The truth is that God doesn't want anyone to live without Him, here on earth or in eternity. But He has given each of us that personal choice and will not force Himself on anyone.
If you choose to follow Christ you can look forward to living life as God meant for you to live it. While God will not take away all of your problems He will work through your problems to make you the person He created you to be (Romans 8:28). He will give your life meaning and purpose that will bring you true joy. And when your life on earth is over, He will take you to heaven to spend eternity with Him where there will be "no more death or sorrow or crying or pain" (Revelation 21:4).
That's what Easter is really all about. And that's worth celebrating not just for a day or a season, but with your whole life by living it for Jesus.