Eggs, Torture, Bunnies, Death...
Easter is right around the corner! Just a few more days and we are there! Easter was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. I loved waking up to my Easter basket and getting to eat candy all day long. I loved the egg hunts. But I wasn't as excited about going to church.
I mean, think about it, it was all the same story, each year, at the same time. We would dress nice, eat breakfast, and go to church to endure the message until it was over, then go home and play with family in the backyard of my grandparents' houses. Some of you may think I'm terrible for actually expressing that, but the truth is... it's the truth!
The more I read the Easter story in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) I am enamored with how powerful, violent, and disgusting it really is. This year, I decided to dig a little more into the culture and historical perspective of it, and was surprisingly... excited! Why?
Easter can easily become about eggs, bunnies, chocolate, gifts, etc. None of that is wrong - not even close! In fact, it's fun, exciting, and brings families together - anything that does that has my vote of confidence! I got excited because I saw a man that was wrongly and unjustly sentenced for something He didn't even do. I saw Him tortured, mocked, humiliated, and kept in a dungeon at Caiphus' house until his impending death for no reason. But I saw Him endure all of it, without a word all because of something He knew that no one else did. That Easter wasn't just about coming together for gifts, bunnies, church services, and family gatherings... but that Easter is the celebration of torture and death that couldn't keep the tomb sealed!
The entire reason we are able to live, breathe, work, parent, and more is simply because of Easter. It's interesting that Easter has become a holiday of bright colors, good memories, and fun egg hunts when in all reality it was originally a time of torment, torture, death, blood, and violence.
This Easter we are hosting 3 separate, but identical, experiences at Radiate Church. And churches all over the globe are doing the same. And it's all for one simple reason: not to teach the same story, in the same way, at the same time each year. It's because on this holiday it's about our lives and the eternity of them. It's about our freedom of spiritual significance. And it's about Jesus loving us enough to give it all. It's about the power of God, our Father, overcoming the "ownership" of public opinion and governmental rule in order to prove that His Kingdom will NEVER back down when it comes to His kids. Welcome to the family!
I can't wait to see you at Easter at Radiate this Sunday at 8:30 - 10 - OR 11:30am!