If the reason for Easter could be summed up in a text message this is how it would read,
‚ÄúThanks so much for all you guys do.¬† I just wanted to let you know that my nephew Eric accepted Jesus Christ as his savior today in kids church.¬† He was able to tell us the whole story of Easter.¬† The day before we had asked Eric what happened 3 days after Jesus died on the cross and he said they had a funeral.¬† He now knows that after three days Jesus rose from the grave and that he now lives in his heart.‚Äù
This was received after Pastor TJ and I shared an Easter service with the kids at Warwick AG. That morning nine children gave their hearts to the Lord. Knowing that these children now have the love and hope that only comes from knowing Jesus truly touches my heart and reminds me of the importance of taking every opportunity to tell people about Jesus’s life, death and resurrection offering forgiveness to everyone.
We celebrate Easter in many different ways; egg hunts, candy, family dinners, football, new outfits, and yet there will never be a better way to celebrate than to hear that a child has asked Jesus into their heart.
Preparation for the day takes on many forms, hours of drama rehearsals, shopping, decorating, spring planting, cleaning and a flurry of activity but no amount of preparation should exceed the amount that we put into the spiritual preparation that could lead someone into a personal relationship with Jesus.
Why can‚Äôt every day be like Easter? Why can‚Äôt we spiritually prepare for every Sunday like we prepare for Easter? Jesus didn‚Äôt raise from the dead for us to celebrate one Sunday in the year, he rose from the dead so that we can celebrate every day. Make a commitment today to treat every day like Easter.