When we think of important holidays, we often think of Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time. We plan for this day way ahead of time. We arrange family gatherings all around the season, and plan for a big dinner of turkey and trimmings on the big day. It’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus, after all. It’s when God came to earth in the form of man. What time of the year could be better than Christmas? Well, how about Easter?
While Christmas is a significant time to celebrate, Easter is way more special. Why? Well, consider these reasons:
- Easter is when Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to mankind. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). This was the first time God made a promise of the redeemer, and it came right after the sin of Adam and Eve. Throughout the Old Testament, we read promises from God of a Savior who will come and save us. Easter is that promise fulfilled.
- Without Easter, there would be no Christmas. Seriously! Christmas was when a baby named Jesus was born. Only through His life as a man did some recognize Him as the Messiah. But it was when He died and rose on the third day that the Truth became real to all of us. Had Jesus not risen, as scriptures foretold, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas and there would be no Christian faith. Think about that!
- Easter reminds us of God’s amazing sacrifice. Easter is a promise of new life, both in heaven and on earth. And Jesus had to endure an unimaginable amount of suffering in order for us to receive it.
Ladies, although we should celebrate Christmas as fervently as ever, we should celebrate the day Jesus rose with more zeal than Christmas. You don’t have to buy presents. That commercializes the holiday and puts focus on the wrong thing. But acknowledge Easter as a season. Some denominations commence the Easter season with Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent. The week before Easter is a holy week that begins with Palm Sunday. And the night before Easter Sunday is celebrated with an Easter Vigil.
Whatever your faith, make Easter a celebration worthy of the event. And when the day comes, plan a family gathering. Go to church. Have a big dinner. End the day with an Easter movie like The Passion of the Christ. Every Easter should be a reminder of God’s promise and Jesus’ passion.
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:13-14)
Ladies, do you celebrate Easter more than Christmas?