I hope everyone had a good Easter!
I know its pretty easy to get carried away on the tide of all of those yummy Easter cookies and desserts and chocolate (anyone else have a thing for Cadbury eggs? Holla! ::wink:: ) It's easy to let the secular view of Easter (a.k.a. The Easter Bunny) steal the attention from Jesus.
(Just like Santa tries at Christmas! Nothing against the Easter Bunny or Santa, because obviously it's not "their" fault but rather society's...) Have you ever noticed though, that the two biggest religious/spiritual holidays are the only two holidays that have such fierce competition for attention? Jesus vs. The Easter Bunny / Santa Clause.
Not a coincidence. The devil is sneaky like that. I'm not saying don't do the fun seculary stuff during Easter or Christmas. It's not a sin to celebrate fun iconic characters like those two, or candy, or presents. Just don't let it be your main focus.
My Little Miss (3 years old) is memorizing partial Bible Verses for her Wednesday night AWANAS group (She's in Cubbies) Her verse this week is "He is not here. He is risen." And she says it with such jubilation and joy, like she was the angel giving the message to Mary and the others at Jesus's empty tomb herself! It's pure and beautiful and exactly what Easter is all about.
He isn't there. He is risen.
As Christians, however old we are, we should celebrate that truth every day. Our joy should never dim. We should share that good news with the hurting, lost world with that same glee that my toddler does.
We're never too old for an Easter basket full of goodies. And we're never, ever too old to keep our focus in the right place.
On an EMPTY tomb :)