Hallelujah its Easter Sunday!
Easter is acknowledged for:
- Egg hunts & chocolate bunnies
- New outfits for kids
- Pictures with a giant rabbit
- Special Sunday lunch
- Going to church
I recognize the holiday flavor associated with Easter. Note numbers 1-4 above. And the date for Easter slides from year to year. Why is that?
The Last Five Years
- 2012-April 8
- 2013-March 31
- 2014-April 20
- 2015-April 5
- 2016-March 27
Each year Easter can be as many as 24 days later or earlier. But let’s not get all worked up about it. The fun part of Easter works on any Sunday.
Along with the holiday fun, Easter is the celebration of his resurrection. The holy scriptures declare he was raised and there is ample evidence supporting it as factual.
Does everybody? Do you? Did the Apostles?
Doesn’t Seem Like It
The disciples struggled to believe:
“She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.” Mk 16:10-11
“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating and rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” Mk 16:14
“After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was still alive.” Acts 1:3
“Gave many convincing proofs.” Why was that needed? For three years, he told his followers that he would die and be raised in three days. I guess they didn’t believe.
Its Easter, it’s a day for traditions. But first and foremost, it’s for acknowledging the risen Christ, as believers do every day. But lets keep the chocolate bunnies to once a year.
I believe in the empty tomb. I believe he came up from the grave. And I believe he will raise all who trust in God our heavenly Father.