Easter. White. Bunny. Eggs. Pastel. Lunch. Dress. Church.
I am ashamed that Jesus is one of my last priorities when preparing for Easter. It sounds a little ridiculous, not to mention dishonoring, to forget the One we are supposed to be celebrating, especially when that person is Jesus. Maybe I am a little frustrated that millions of people go to church for one day yet do not think about Christ again until their second church day of the year, Christmas. Jesus is not just a part of one day for me because who he is changes every day for me.
Or maybe I forget the purpose of Easter because I have allowed the superficial to overshadow the supernatural. For various reasons, my focus is not where it should be. This year I am challenged to narrow my attention to why Easter is celebrated in the first place. This year there is one word that resonates with me: power.
The power of God is clearly seen throughout scripture, climaxing when he raised Jesus from the dead. Unlike the climax in most stories, this culmination, this turning point in the story, is not followed by a steady decline, only to result in simple resolution. No, our God once again outdoes the typical. This raising Jesus from the dead was the launching point for even more miraculous events. Because Jesus lives, we are the recipients of the ultimate gift: God’s Spirit…God’s power living in us.
The same power that raised Jesus lives in us.
Consider these verses, but read them not as something familiar or nice ideas for the early Christians but as truth, truth that was written for you, a reminder that God has the ability, willingness and desire to pour out his power inside of us.
- And if the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Sprit, who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)
- I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:18-20)
- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3: 20)
- To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:29)
- His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1: 3)
It is time to tap into this power. It is time to stop living weak and start living empowered. Empowered by God. Empowered by Jesus. Empowered by the Holy Spirit. Easter is not just another holiday, one to celebrate eggs and bunnies and dresses and pastels, but one that reminds us that this incredibly great power raised our Savior from the dead, from the dead. If you have the Spirit, this same power is living inside of you. If you are not sure if you have the Spirit, pick up a Bible and make the most important decision of your life.
The power of Christ’s resurrection lives in me. And suddenly that Easter dress has new meaning.