Easter traditions…what are yours? I remember an early get up for sunrise service out in the cold and beauty of the sun peaking over the horizon as we sang. Of course, a new dress was an important part of my Easter as a child. As was the Easter lunch…especially carrot cake. And I can’t forget the Easter Egg Hunts in the back yard. Such great memories…family traditions define who we are as a family.
As good as traditions are they can become a problem when we are doing things for the sake of the tradition, but have lost sight of the real reason the tradition began. As you celebrate Easter this year, don’t just enjoy the traditions, but consider the reason for the day.
His life…By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10
His death…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9
His resurection…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, as believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10
His living today…Christ Jesus is He who died, and who was raised, and who is at the right hand of God, and who interecedes for us. Romans 8:34
Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
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