Easter on Purpose
by Jesse Florea
More than 1.3 billion Christmas cards are sent each year. It’s the most popular holiday for mailing cards. Easter ranks fifth—behind Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In many ways, Easter can be a forgotten holiday. Yet as followers of Christ, no holiday is more important to our faith.
The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, CSB). Simply put, without Easter there is no salvation.
Maybe it’s that I’m getting older, but I’m getting better at forgetting. I’ll grab my computer and wonder, What was I going to search for? I’ll open the fridge and think, Why did I walk over here?
It used to be that I’d read the Old Testament stories about the Israelites and say to myself, I’d never forget all God’s miracles and start worshiping idols. What’s wrong with them? Now I sort of get it. It’s easy to forget God’s daily blessings. I often overlook God’s past provision and mercy. I get caught up in the busyness of work, family, church, hobbies and sports that I don’t pause to live out my faith on purpose.
Jesus knew that we’re still a sinful, forgetful people. It’s one of the reasons He sent the Holy Spirit, to remind us of His teachings. It’s also why the Bible often says to stop and remember. So celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas, ponder His sacrifice during Communion, rejoice in His resurrection at Easter and contemplate the direction He provides in the Scriptures.
And as Easter approaches, think about ways you can not forget . . . and then help others remember the life-changing power of this holiday too.
Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly 28 years. As the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, he desires to see kids grow closer to Christ. His recent books include the Defend Your Faith devotional and children’s apologetics Bible from B&H Publishing.