Thursday, April 5, 2012

THANKFUL can't take Christ out of Easter!

Next to Christmas, Easter is my favorite holiday. During one holiday we celebrate the birth of Jesus, while the other holiday we remember His death and resurrection.

But for many people, Easter has become nothing more than egg hunts, hiding Easter baskets and coloring eggs. We have done a good job at commercializing yet another holiday that averts our attention away from what it really is about.

While shopping the other day, I couldn't help notice the large assortment of Easter merchandise. Chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets, Easter dresses and bonnets to just name a few. Aisles and aisles of candy and treats that are often associated with this holiday. As I strolled past the Easter merchandise there was one thing that really stood out to me...

The signage!

Apparently to some merchants, we no longer refer to this holiday as "Easter", instead the signage (advertisements) were for "Spring is here sale". No mention of Easter. No mention of the Cross.

Is it possible that we have taken Christ out of Easter?

How is that even possible?

For the Christian, that seems almost appalling, but I am seeing more and more how the world is trying to put their own twist on such sacred holidays. But for me, no matter what signage you put on it, nobody can take Christ out of Easter for me. Easter is about Christ. It is about the sacrifice. About the suffering. About the Resurrection.

Today on THANKFUL THURSDAY I am so thankful that we still celebrate Easter and not just a "spring is here" day. Spring represents new life and honestly without the blood of Jesus, there cannot be new life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

IRIS is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY for the month of April, join your grateful heart with ours by linking up over HERE! May you and  yours have a very blessed EASTER weekend!


Denise said...

Blessings to you my friend.

Godsgalnj said...

So sad - I was at the dollar store the other day and that's exactly what it was - Spring is Here sales... and easter eggs and baskets.

I hope you have a beautiful Christfilled Easter!

Charlene said...

It's so sad but true, why it is that in a country that claims religious equality, everything Christian has to be beaten down to make things "equal" I don't understand.