Christians, like most everyone else, spend a lot of time and money preparing for Christmas with parties, presents, and elaborate decorations around our homes and communities. Twinkling lights, glowing fires, warm mugs full of cheer are enjoyed by bright-eyed hopefuls ages 1 to 92.
By contrast, most of us give Easter little thought, time, or preparation. We take a minimalist approach to celebrating the greatest event of history.
We are not following our Savior’s instructions, but instead are following the culture’s leading.
Granted, the world makes it so easy to make a big deal about Christmas. Everywhere you look there’s a cute box of cards to send, a delicious recipe to bake, and Christmas party invite stuffed into your kid’s backpack.
While the store shelves are currently filled with bright baskets, chocolate eggs, and neon crinkly grass, we want to make celebrating the true depth and meaning of Easter easy too.
It’s time that we start to exuberantly celebrate the sacrifice and miracle of Easter. When we understand the immensity of His sacrifice, as much as is possible, and the incomprehensible depth of His love, our gratitude will lead to a celebration with laughter and music and feasting, far surpassing that of Christmas. The watching world, our family, neighbors and community, will take notice. Easter—the celebration of the cross and resurrection—should be a time of contagious, overflowing evangelism.
N.T.Wright wrote, “Easter is about the wild delight of God’s creative power…we ought to shout Alleluias instead of murmuring them. We should light every candle instead of only some. Is it any wonder people find it hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus if we don’t throw our hats in the air? This is our greatest festival. Take Christmas away and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke. Take Easter away and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have Christianity.”
While I enjoy the sparkle of Christmas, it’ll never match the amazement that one Man willed to die for me, a sin-stained woman, helpless to change on my own. Were it not for His “first loved us” (I John 4:8), I would not know love at all. Christmas is fun, but Easter is wonder-filled and jubilant!
So we’re here to help you pull it off! Download this FREE printable Easter invitation. Host a big soiree. Include your in-laws. Reach out to your neighbors. Stuff invitations in your child’s classmates’ backpacks. It’s time to feast! Kick up your heels! Coordinate jubilant festivities to declare the miracle of Resurrection Day!