Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Easter isn't about finding elaborately decorated eggs, or eating candy. It isn't about waiting in a line to meet a man in a bunny suit. It isn't about the plastic fake grass that my mom hates. It isn't about getting gifts from the "Easter Bunny" either.

For some reason, our society has linked all of these things to what the real meaning of Easter was, and sometimes, I feel that we let the materialistic things get in the way of the real meaning. It seems that whenever there is a religious holiday, society finds a way to "make it better" by adding earthly desires, which, I find it sad that the real meaning generally gets overshadowed.

The First Presidency posted this:
"At this Easter season of hope and renewal we testify of the glorious reality of the atonement and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The empty tomb brought comforting assurance and provided the answer to the question of Job, “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).

Because of the Savior’s resurrection we will overcome death and become the beneficiaries of His mercy and grace. In a world of trouble and uncertainty, His peace fills our hearts and eases our minds. Jesus is in very deed “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

We give our sure witness that Jesus is the Christ. Though He was crucified, He rose triumphant from the tomb to our everlasting blessing and benefit. To each member of the human family He stands as our Advocate, our Savior, and our Friend."

I couldn't agree more. The real meaning behind Easter is to celebrate the fact that Christ offered up himself for our faults for everyone who has come, is here and yet to come, AND by the power of God was able to become resurrected and return with a perfect body. Because of this, we too are able to be resurrected and receive a perfect body once Christ returns to the Earth again.

It isn't "wrong" to participate in Easter activities, but we mustn't forget the REAL reason of Easter. We can't be wrapped up in the meaningless things that don't get us any farther in God's plan.


KC Mom said...

I just ♥ you.

Sheri said...

Well said! I should have had you come and do Sharing Time for me today!