Are You Living The Good Life?
Well we are around that time of year. One of the two times many of us go to our mom’s church, or put on a nice easter suit and head to a nearby church building. I know some of y’all already have your easter suit and dress picked out.
It seems everybody gets takes part in the festivities. Christmas and Easter are those interesting times of year when even people who usually don’t care about Jesus get involved in some way. There are easter eggs and easter candy for sale everywhere. There are easter programs, and parades. Easter takes over a little bit, though many don’t believe in the easter story.
It’s not surprising though because Easter and Christmas have become cultural events. They’ve turned into little more than national holidays, family reunions, and opportunities for retailers to make some more money. Of course, those who believe in the birth and death of Christ celebrate that, but it’s not required.
I remember growing up my family would go all out for easter. We’d go to the mall the week before and take picture with the Easter Bunny. I personally think that is the creepiest of all the holiday mascots. A gigantic rabbit? That’s traumatizing for children. Not only that, but you’re told that he’s going to show up at your home over the weekend? Anyway on Easter, we’d go to church, and then we’d come home. We’d do a easter egg hunt. We’d have family over. We’d have little easter baskets with all kind of stuff in there.
And many of us have similar stories. My non-Christian friends even have very similar stories. All of these things have us growing up in a culture where we know the resurrection of Jesus is somehow behind the celebration, but to many it’s not really necessary for the celebration.
Why This Discussion is Important
The question we’re asking and attempting to answer today is: Does it matter if Jesus really raised from the grave? Of course it doesn’t matter if all you wanna do is have easter egg hunts. That has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus. But we all want more than that out of life. I think this is a…