Friday night we gathered with our church family to meditate on the events of the day that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at Calvary. Those involved in the service were clothed in black, a symbol of the sorrow that was felt when our Lord and Savior breathed His last. The overall mood was somber and one of reverence. The atmosphere was subdued, with dim lights and candles casting a soft glow throughout the sanctuary. Beautifully hand-made, wooden crosses towered over the seats near the front.
But not today. Today, we celebrate that our God is not dead. He is more alive than any of us.
This morning we will all show up in our pastel colored “Sunday bests” ready to celebrate the victory! Songs of thanksgiving about His gloriousness will fill the room. The quietness of Friday will be replaced with shouts of praise. Where the crosses stood will now be an empty tomb crafted by the hands of faithful servants of the Lord.
And I will stand, humbled, in the presence of The God who loved me, a sinner, enough to lay down His life for mine.
While dyed eggs and marshmallow peeps flood your home today, don’t forget that the Easter bunny was not the one who gave his life for you…it was the one and only Jesus. Be blessed on this Resurrection Sunday.