Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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WHAT DOES EASTER MEAN TO YOU?
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
Depending on who you ask, you may get a variety of responses to the question, “What does Easter mean to you?” A Sunday School teacher asked her class to write one sentence each on “What Easter Means to Me.” One pupil wrote: “Egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks!” For others, Easter is a time to receive sweet treats, dye colorful eggs, engage in a festive Easter egg hunt, or dress up in pretty clothes and go to church.
 
But I ask YOU: “What does Easter mean to you?”

To help you answer this life changing question, let me encourage you to do the following. First, you need to consider what’s most important to you in preparing for Easter. You see, it is easy for each and every one of us to get caught up in all the celebration of the Easter holiday that we miss the true meaning. For example, we spend a tremendous amount of time buying Easter candy, dying eggs, doing Easter egg hunts, scheduling a get together with friends and family, prepping our Easter clothes, and taking time to go to church. I am not saying there is anything wrong with these precious activities, but consider how much time is being invested to accomplish these things.

Imagine the blessing that you would receive if you spent the same amount of time preparing your heart for worship on Easter Sunday morning as you did with all the activities surrounding Easter?

Second, I would greatly encourage you to live a life that truly and genuinely reflects the resurrected life of Christ. If you sincerely believe that Jesus conquered death and hell by resurrecting from the dead, then let your way of living boldly reflect such an awesome miracle. In other words, a Christian who sincerely believes that Jesus is alive, should be openly and consistently living and displaying a life of celebration. Therefore, throw away the frowns, bury all grumbling and complaining, stomp out negativity, and show the world what a committed Christian really looks like.
 
Remember, Jesus is alive and we should live our life with the same passion and determination.

So, I come back to the question: “What does Easter mean to you?”

I urge you to spend adequate time during this Easter season reflecting upon this all important question. As you contemplate your answer and search your heart, remember John 11:25 in which Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” Live your life in such a way that it truly reflects the resurrection of Christ. If you do so, I believe you will discover the answer to this question.