I overheard Walter and Isabel having a discussion yesterday. They were talking about the meaning of Easter. Walter is six and Isabel is four.
Isabel: “Walter, Easter is about Jesus raising out of the dead!”
Walter: “Well, I’ve heard about that, but for me Easter is about chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies!”
Isabel: “No Walter, the reason you get those chocolates is because Jesus died on the cross and then after three days he raised himself out of the dead.”
Walter: “I know, but for me the most important thing is the chocolate eggs and bunnies.”
Isabel: “Well, you need to start to listen more at church about what these things are really about.”
Walter: “I don’t think so. I think I am just going to go my own way.”
This is a conversation that has taken place a billion times throughout history, with different words and in different contexts, in different languages, and with people of all ages. What is Easter really all about? What does it mean to you?
Christianity is beautiful. But we must make it our own, and find ways to live it that are joy-filled and practical. Only then does the world around us become intrigued with the Jesus of long ago and far away, and recognize that he really is the same Jesus of here and now.
Happy Easter! May God bless you and all those you love,