“He is not here; he has risen.” Matthew 28:6
There are many fun aspects of Easter. Easter is the second highest candy holiday in the United States, after Halloween. The average American family will spend over $28 on Easter candy, which works out to be $2.1 billion nationally. 70 % of Easter candy purchased is chocolate. 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year. 16 billion jelly beans are produced. 5 million marshmallow chicks are made each day for many weeks in preparation for Easter. This being true, we should all have sugar headaches before the day is over.
Why all the celebration? Because Easter is the essential good news of Christianity! The resurrection of Christ is the turning point in human history. Had Jesus stayed in the grave then his words would likely have been forgotten. As powerful as his life and message were, little would have come of it. The resurrection made the difference.
The resurrection was the center of the message of the early church. Their preaching was not about a new moral code, or a revelation from God, or a wonderful teacher who had inspired them. It was about the resurrection of Christ, the Son of God, who had come into the world. This was a message so new and different that it struck a chord with its first hearers. But it was not just its newness that mattered. It was true. God had come to earth to live, die, and be raised for our sakes.
It is easy for us to take Christ’s resurrection for granted. But it really is an essential part of the Christian story. God proves to us, in a final dramatic act, the Jesus really was his Son come in human form. Though his life and words gave plenty of evidence of his divinity, the resurrection is final confirmation. Everything we hoped for is really true. There is a God who loves us more than we can imagine. Through his grace we are forgiven and brought into his family. In Christ we too have eternal life.
It is a very appropriate day for celebration, with music, with song, with instruments, with words of praise, with new clothes. Christ is alive and it still makes all the difference. May this Easter be a grand reminder of the goodness, love, and wisdom of God. Our celebration has good reason. We have been truly blessed! And one more thing, for information. 75% of people believe the best way to eat a chocolate Easter bunny is starting with the ears.
With Warm Regards,