While the raindrops are falling on my rooftop windows, in the warmth of my home I’m thinking about Easter. I think that it’s expected of me (concerning my profession) to write about Easter home decoration, Easter eggs, bunnies and similar… However, I decided to write about the real meaning of Easter.
Although Easter is a Christian holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I would say that it is a holiday of anyone who has faith in God and who is firmly hoping of the victory of life over death and the victory of light over darkness. Through Jesus’ life, suffering, death and resurrection God showed us how much he loves us. Like a well known Bible verse says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
I know that many of us went through terrible pain and suffering. Some even now are going through injustice, humiliation, sickness, sadness… And with a full right question where is God when they suffer.
A wonderful thing is that God will not let evil and violence rule this world. Jesus’ resurrection shows that God doesn’t leave people just like that. It also gives purpose and hope in this world full of sorrow and hopelessness.
Resurrection is not just about eternal life and a belief in life after death, but it’s also about this life and acknowledging that life wins over death, truth wins over lie and good wins over evil. Jesus’ resurrection stimulates the change of our own lives and the world we live in. It stimulates us to leave our graves that keep us from living freely and it also stimulates us to leave everything in our life that brings death.
Death doesn’t mean just the end of our lives on this planet but it’s also often present in the middle of our lives and it comes in a shape of resentment, traumas, insecurities, fears… Death appears in shapes of indifference, lack of compassion, wickedness and lack of the meaning of life.
Therefore, resurrection means LIFE and liberation from sin.
I feel bad when I see people running away from God and not wanting to hear about him because they think that they would need to keep pleasing God’s expectations. Unfortunately, those people have a wrong image of God. God doesn’t want us to do something in order to please him. He wants us more good than we would want for ourselves and the law he created was made for our own good. When we finally acknowledge that, we can, free from our sins, with joy and gratitude surrender ourselves to that God.
There is nothing I have to do, I want to serve God, the God of love!