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?