Sunday, March 31, 2013

Remembering the Reason We Celebrate

Matthew 28:1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 

3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 

6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 

10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Today is Easter. We celebrate one of the greatest days in all of creation. A day that changed the projection of our path and gave us great hope for a future with Him. 

Many years ago, the first believers woke up this morning saddened that their friend, savior and Lord was gone only to find out that He had indeed rose from the grave, was alive, and delivered great encouragement to those who were downcast. 

Unfortunately many times this day boils down to cooking, eating and family time. Which none of those things, in itself are bad. They are actually great things to look forward to, but too often on HOLYdays we loose focus on the true meaning and get wrapped up in food and its' preparation. Our whole day can go by and as we curl up in our beds, remember that we lost sight of what the celebration of the day was about. 

Last night I, myself, was prepping food for our family Easter celebration dinner. But I don't want it to be my focus, even though I LOVE food. I want Christ and the resurrection to be where my eyes and heart are zoned into. 

How can I do this practically?

*Look for ways throughout your day to talk about Jesus, His life, and what the first Easter might have been like. (Set a timer on your phone to remind you :)

*Around the dinner table talk about how Christ has had an impact on your life. Remember who HE is and why we are celebrating. 

*Read the resurrection story to your kids, maybe have them act it out. (Resurrection Eggs are awesome for this)

*Praise God for all the great gifts (including everlasting life) that He has given you.

Remember JESUS this EASTER SEASON as you celebrate! 

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