What do we celebrate?

Is it just me or have you also noticed how easily celebrations can get off track and how involvement with the event itself can make you miss the reason for the observance? 

Take Christmas for example. It’s so easy to become distracted with baking, cooking, decorating, shopping and attending holiday functions. We sometimes forget the real reason for the season is Jesus’ birth.  Yet once reminded, we like God’s gift to us in the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger. 

It’s more involved when we think of Easter. When we try to make our way past the baskets, bonnets and bunnies, do we remember that God sent His Son specifically for this resurrection day? His feet once bound with cloths for warmth climbed a hill carrying a cross. His tiny hands once touching blades of straw were punctured by huge nails to bind Him to a cross. He tasted death on that cross to pay the price for sin, but He rose again from the dead victorious over the grave.

And to think, God planned all of this before the creation of the world because He knew all of us would need a Savior. Wow! 

May you enjoy the blessings of Jesus’ resurrection this Easter. This is what we celebrate.

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