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Egg hunts, chocolate, and family. All things I love, but Easter must be deeper. Jesus’ resurrection. It opens the gates of heaven for me after death, but what does it mean for me today? Is Easter an investment in my future, or does it have a real effects now?
Easter revolves around the concept of hope, but what really is Easter? Easter is a time of remembrance. The word “Easter” itself means a remembrance of spring. Before Jesus spoke, he often said, "Remember…" Remembrance is the most overlooked command in the Bible, but it could be the most important. Easter is about remembering the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, but the full meaning of the resurrection is often missed.
Jesus, nailed to the cross, shouted in agony, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46, ESV) Don’t you ever feel like this? Forsaken by God, as if He has better things to do than care for you. Our circumstances tend to fall apart, and God seems so distant. But God is not as interested in changing your circumstances as He is in changing your heart. Christ's circumstances didn't look very bright as He was buried in the grave, but three days later the whole world experienced a great light—the light of the world.
The resurrection remembered on Easter is not just a day’s occurrence, but an everyday reality. Paul wrote in Romans 8:11, "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you." (NLT) This means within every one of us is resurrection power. The message of the resurrection is not only that the gates of Heaven are opened to us, but that despite our circumstances, we have a resurrection coming in our future. In the words of Max Lucado, "Your conversion to Jesus Christ is more than a removal of sin. It is, in fact, a deposit of power." You might be struggling with the same thing that you did 5 years ago. You might have lost your job. You might have lost a loved one. Life has a way of breaking us down, of throwing unexpected curve balls in our path that we didn't plan. But when our plans fail, we are left to trust God's promise. And His promise is a resurrection. A resurrection of joy. A resurrection of freedom. A resurrection of love. A resurrection of service. A resurrection of strength. A resurrection of healing. You may feel the pain now, but the very power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you! Despite your current circumstances, God is doing a work in you, and a resurrection of is coming. This is the hope of Easter not just on a day in the spring, but as an everyday reality.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.