EASTER – What Does It Mean To You?
The word "Easter" is only recorded once in the Bible (Acts 12:1-4). But it's meaning has nothing to do with the glorious and victorious Resurrection of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. In the context in which the word is used, it refers only to a season of the year – spring. For many, Easter means a time to wear new, bright and special clothing to church. Others use the time for a family cookout or gathering. Then there are those who just look forward to a special meal.
I fondly remember a time when the churches were full on the day they called Easter. Children were excited about their new clothes and the promise of candy and eggs. Although that had little to do with the original purpose, coming to church on Easter meant they heard about the resurrection of Jesus.
Things have changed; it's just another Sunday. No special clothing, whatever they have, they put on. Just give them burgers and fries and let them go outside and play. Is it any wonder why young people today see no need for the church in their lives?
At New Piney Grove, we prefer to use the term Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday. Easter can mean different things to different people. But there is no doubt about what Resurrection means.
So a better question would be, what does Resurrection Day mean to you? Is it a time of celebrating your redemption? Or just another day?