Today around the world people will be celebrating Easter. People who rarely attend church will wake up early, families who don’t always see each other will travel distances, and countless eggs will be hidden and later found (sometimes even days or weeks later). For people of the Christian faith we celebrate with a specific reason: Jesus is alive. And more than that, Jesus died, rose again and has taken away the sins of the world. I’d say those are some really good reasons to celebrate.
As I was thinking about what Easter means, it got me thinking about the word tomorrow. Easter really is all about the concept of tomorrows, and all the tomorrows we’ll have, because with Easter we’re offered a tomorrow that’s promising, and filled with hope and worth living for. Before Easter happened we had hope that someday maybe God had a good plan for us, and we worked through each day and the challenges therein clinging to that hope. But with Easter that promise is partially fulfilled, or at the very least revealed.
So today as we celebrate Easter we’re each given the opportunity to accept that hope and believe in that revelation and resurrection. To accept that God is with us in the here and now and celebrating with us. That He knows what’s going on in our lives, both good and bad, and that He knows what our future holds too. We have a choice with how we choose to live our lives today and what we do with the time we’re given while we’re here on earth waiting to be called Home. For the time being the challenges will remain, but we can choose to focus on the hope of Easter and the promises that Jesus brought to life when we have to face them and the not-so-good days. I’m celebrating today, are you?
“We are the resurrection people. We have hope. We choose joy. We overcome, always.”
“I want to live well in the here and now.”