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Easter or Christmas?

posted by Ruth Graham

How many of you have heard it said, “Easter is them most important date on the Church calendar”? I know I have. But it bothers me. How can we make a value judgment?

You can’t have Easter without Christmas. And Christmas would be meaningless without Easter. Oh, we could argue that Jesus was a good man who died a martyr’s death to show us an example of servanthood.  An unselfish example – nah, doesn’t work for me. To die as He did has to mean more than that.

On Christmas we celebrate God stepping into human history as a human, just like you and me,  to carry our sins to death on a cross. We were condemned in our sin. We could not  redeem  ourselves – Jesus did it for us. Satan threw all he had at Jesus. He came to take on all the forces of evil. He did and won – for all time.

What looked hopeless became our only Hope. That which looked like defeat actually was a powerful victory.  That which looked so hideous and gruesome turned into a thing of beauty. Only God could do all that.

Easter is glorious! Christmas is wonder-filled. We don’t have to choose…but I sort of lean towards Christmas!

What do you think?

 

 



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