The American culture of consumerism often tends to distort everything Jesus Christ stands for or represents. As such there’s a constant battle in calling people’s attention to the essence of any festive season built around Jesus Christ. Our American version of celebrating Easter is used to justify people’s confidence in the economy, for sure, reports in the next month with show consumer spending has increased due to gift exchanges, candy consumption, and new Easter outfits. Although some of these things may be good and reflect decades of tradition carried out in this culture, this is not what Easter is all about.
Easter is about the deep, unrivaled expression of God’s love towards the human race. It is the unconditional love of God expressed in His only begotten Son that brought about the salvation of our souls, in that Jesus Christ died that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We didn’t do anything to earn this precious gift of life; in fact we were still dead in our sins when Christ came to rescue us. But because of God’s deep love toward each and every one of us, He gave His Son.
Easter also signifies our deep transformation from being dead in this flesh to being alive in God and being co-heirs with Christ, meaning that we are now considered the children of God (Romans 8.15 – 17). Yet as children, or Christians, we have a responsibility to share Christ with the world. Christianity is not about being a part of a local church but about having a relationship with God through which we are empowered to reflect the image of God toward other people regardless of their religion, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation.
As we celebrate Easter with our loved ones, it is important not be carried away by the distractions of the commercialized world that we live in and remember these things. We are to also remember that as Christ was a gift to the world, we are likewise a gift with a purpose. I pray that we will all discover that purpose, run with that purpose, and fulfill that purpose.
I wish you a Happy Easter.