Dr. Swisher, What is the Meaning of Easter? Campbell, Toledo
Hi Campbell what an excellent question. Let me begin by wishing you and all of our weekly readers a most Happy and Blessed Easter morning!!
Madeline L’Engle puts it this way “Easter it’s almost too brilliant for words. I am blinded by marvelous light.” I describe Easter with this statement “The empty tomb is the only place in the World where people line up to see what isn’t there.”
Easter is the most important celebration of the Christian faith. It’s meaning and purpose is to recognize and celebrate the Resurrection of the Messiah Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I had the opportunity to preach on Easter Sunday in Germany a few years ago. I still remember the front page of the Bonn Newspaper covering Jesus’ Rising from the dead as if it has just happened that morning. And when you think about it is that relevant, that impactful and that momentous. Each and every day for the Believer is Easter. We should all live daily as Easter people being open, aware and even anticipatory of the opportunity for a fresh start.
In addition and perhaps more importantly we can share the message of Christ's love and victory over death, hell and the grave with others. The Resurrection message is meant to be shared. This can happen in a number of ways through our personal relationships and even random meetings with new friends through the course of everyday life.
I like the way Mister Rogers put it, "I believe that appreciation is a Holy thing---that when we look for what's best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor we're participating in something sacred." Let me model this concept today by appreciating you Campbell and all of our weekly readers who have made this Column such a success. I am grateful for and believe God's best for each of you.
Enjoy this Easter day friends and I personally invite you to make a quality decision to make Christ a part of your life in this moment. If you have any questions or need help in doing so be sure to contact us.