Is there any better time to celebrate our faith! I love Easter, but up until the age of 17 it had nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with the Easter Bunny and going to my Grandmother's house. My family did NOT believe in Jesus or the resurrection. Easter was NOT a spiritual day for me, but it was a great family day. After starting to follow Jesus I went to church on Easter for the very first time and I was probably the most excited person in the room that day. Celebrating the forgiveness that Jesus had given me with others, singing songs of praise to Him and hearing afresh the message of my savior was invigorating.
Matthew 28:1-9 tells us the story of the very FIRST Easter morning and the excitement that followed:
"Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him."
Can you imagine? Can you even comprehend the excitement running through these ladies that morning!?! My prayer is that you will carry this same excitement into your Easter celebrations and your whole life this week and year. My prayer is that we can ALL know how to celebrate His resurrection. I genuinely hope that you will spend time this Easter worshiping and remembering our Savior with those you love. THIS is what Easter is about - it is about the Gospel; the good news of a triumphant Savior.
I also hope that you will enjoy the gift of family - whatever that looks like for you. Whether it be the family that lives in your same home, that extended family that is a car ride or phone call away, or even your small group of Christian brothers and sisters - share life with others this season basking in God’s love and forgiveness. THIS is what Easter is about - LIFE. The Life that Jesus reclaimed for all of us. We are so blessed, let’s live that way!
Prayer: Did God - thank you for triumphing over the grave for me! Thank you for saving me when I had no other hope! Help me this week to live out this life you gave me in such a way that communicates your love and your goodness.
- Steve Tiebout
Steve is the Lead, and founding, Pastor of the River Community Church in Cookeville TN. When he isn't running around the city sharing the love of Christ with everyone he meets, you can find Steve at home with his wife (Melissa) and their kids or tinkering around with a classic car.