For some people who only think of Jesus in a manger or on a cross, this could be a really bad time for you. If all you celebrate are the formalities of Christian religion, you might be depressed with all that's going on.
Let's be real here, this is a hard time for many Christians around the world. We all have traditions and celebrations we love to do at this time of year. Old West Ministries has hosted (on several occasions) one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts in the Coachella Valley, with over 5,000 hard-boiled colored eggs. It's great for families and kids. There will be a time when we get back to all of this and more. But, don't allow circumstances to rob you of the greatest thing ever known to man.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The enemy and secularist would love for you to believe that Easter is cancelled. They would all be so happy to hear you say so. You may be able to cancel events on a calendar but you can never cancel this event of the heart. It's deeper and richer and fuller than any simple day we might set aside to celebrate. This event is earth shattering and time changing for the ages!
Christianity changed the world! Transformed the Roman Empire, built the Western civilization and continues on in Western civilization and throughout the world today.
Yes, I've seen Easter baskets and other merchandise, weeks before Easter, on the discount tables because of this virus. The commercialization of Easter may have fallen by the wayside but Jesus Christ is alive and well. It's the salvation of mankind that we should be interested in.
Jesus didn't die on a cross so that we might have colored Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and Peeps. Thank God for that and I mean that sincerely. He died to pay a price that none of us could pay. If He hadn't come, I don't believe we would even be here right now. But, He came to give us an abundant life. He is the LIFE giver.
I don't set aside one day a year to remember His tremendous sacrifice for me. I remember everyday of the year all the wonders that Jesus has performed for me. Not because I deserve them. Not because I earned them. Not because I'm better in some way than somebody else. NO! It's because He loves us.
You can cancel all the dates you want. Even tell the church they're NON-ESSENTIAL. The world has been saying that for years. But Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is the most essential thing I can think of for the world today. We all need JESUS! They can close churches, shut down events, cancel dates but they can never steal from me what it means to me that while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me!
Be like that little boy who was over active in the Sunday School class and he kept getting up and into everything, disrupting the others. Finally, the Sunday school teacher sat him down and scolded him with firm assurance. As he sat with his arms folded, clenching tight against his chest, with a look of determination on his face he said, "I may be sitting down on outside but I'm standing up on the inside."
Stand up inside yourself! Thank Jesus for loving you! Celebrate in your heart, if you can celebrate no other way. Read those sacred words from the Bible. Remind yourself what it really means to be a follower of Christ. "Born Again" as Jesus told Nicodemus. If you don't know what that is, openly talk to Him right now. Commit your heart and life to Him. Not because you are frightened by a virus but because you know there's an emptiness inside that you just can't fill with anything else.
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