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With this weekend being Easter, it reminded me of another devotional I read a while back…

Once while watching a television news program, I saw a reporter ask people she encountered on the street what Easter meant to them. One person said, “Oh, bunny rabbits, chocolate candy, a fun time for the children.” Another observed, “Dyeing eggs, an Easter egg hunt, dinner with relatives.” A third person said Easter for her was “some new clothes, maybe a new hat.” Only one person of all of those interviewed said Easter meant “the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Like Christmas, Easter has been popularized and commercialized by merchants and the secular establishment. But the message of Easter is the central focus of Christianity.
The apostle Paul said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17). It is as simple as that. If Christ is still dead, then He cannot be our Savior, for He was not the Son of God, and He died like all men.
But, as the Scriptures teach and as hundreds of witnesses testified (none of whom ever recanted that testimony despite threats and death for many of them), if Christ is risen, then we have the ultimate hope of humanity—eternal life with the God who made us and a hope of life beyond the grave.
What does Easter mean to you? It means to me that Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

As mentioned in the devotional, with everything that’s happening this weekend (family time, easter egg hunts, etc.) let’s not lose focus of what we’re really celebrating. Jesus died and resurrected to give us an opportunity to have a home in heaven!

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. - Mark 16:6

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