Easter is the time we focus on the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Even though we are fully immersed in Christmas tidings it is good to remember that Jesus was born in a manger to die on a cross. The two events were not separate for Him but instead were one long journey from the throne of heaven to our earth and back to heaven again.
Christmas is a season we feel good about. What’s not to love about a newborn, singing angels, and valuable gifts from royalty? Celebrating this holiday is easy, although we’ve made it incredibly complicated with unachievable expectations
On the other hand, Easter’s story is a squeamish one about a brutal, undeserved crucifixion. So we’ve tidied it up with softer, gentler symbols like bunnies and baby chicks.
As you celebrate the birthday of Jesus this year may you remember His deathday, too. For without His death, resurrection and ascension, His miraculous incarnation for us on Christmas morning would mean nothing. Will you pause as you read the story in Luke or as you set up your nativity or as you wrap gifts and thank Him that He was willing to be wrapped in burial cloths for you? Will offer prayers of thankfulness as His birthday gifts this Christmas?