From the Desk of Pastor Mike:
As a little guy I loved Easter. What's not to love? Coloring enough eggs to exhaust a barnyard of chickens...I was an artistic genius. The anticipation of loaded baskets filled with SUGAR!!! Up at dawn, candy before breakfast. Even church was all about bragging about our stash of goodies.
Then it was off to Grandma's house where aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents sat down to a table loaded with "comfort food." Then more marshmallow peeps, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and malted milk eggs. It was awesome! Um...and there was something about Jesus. Any of this sound familiar?
I'm not condemning and tradition that results in family togetherness and great memories, but I realize my childhood Easter celebration was all about me.
Interestingly enough, I think Jesus would say, "It is still about you." Jesus lived in our difficult, abusive, hurt-filled world for me. He died a brutal death, at the hands of hateful people for me. He emptied Himself of His glory, for me. And He defeated death and lives on, for me.
God doesn't want us to throw away fun times or lasting traditions. He loves to see us enjoy life. But I believe He's delight even more, if this Easter, we chose some moments to be in His presence. Not for His sake, because Easter, through Jesus' death and resurrection, is all about me.