Meaning of Easter is a great question. Is it an egg, a bunny, or candy? As I sat with a cup of great coffee on my deck this Easter morning, watching it get light in the woods behind my house, I reflected on this. Never having been brought up in a family that did a big Easter egg hunt, candy, and the like – Easter was just always a holiday (like the others). Nothing real special. No harm, no foul. But it ran through my mind about the cycle of life. Let me explain.
A movie that helped me process my mother’s death in 1992 is called “A River Runs Through It” which takes the life of a young minister’s son from age 6 or so through his fly-fishing 70’s. The aging process is so interesting, the cycle of life. Now, here I am at an age that is not too distant from the age my mom died. To put that in perspective on this Easter weekend, my wife and I enjoy a preacher here in Charlotte who was born the very year I began to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This cycle is beautiful. He’s 36 years old, and I began to preach in local Indianapolis churches 36 years ago. And as I reflected this morning about the meaning of Easter (with the sun bringing a new day’s light), I was grateful to the living God, that the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ speaks of my own resurrected life. It was 38 years ago that the real meaning of Easter became real in my own experience. I was raised from the dead and born again with His zoe life.
When I was dead in my trespasses and sins, Christ died for me. And just as He was resurrected, He has raised me up to a New Life, a Resurrected Life. Here’s how it is written to show the meaning of Easter.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
In a nutshell, the meaning of Easter has everything to do with a Savior dying and being raised to life so that you and I could know God. That we could connect with a God who becomes a Father to us. Father God. And as this song states, He is a good, good Father. May I encourage you to click Play on this YouTube video from Bethel Music. Close your eyes. Listen. Let the words speak to you. And then respond to Him. And I’ll just bet that you’ll experience the true meaning of Easter. Your very own resurrected life.