I have some profound thoughts about Easter. (Just preparing you. In case you miss the fact that they are, in fact, profound.)
In my experience, many churches focus on the wrong thing Easter Sunday. I went to a church once that was HUGE. They had this major production for Easter Sunday - singing, acting, backdrops, costumes, the works. The production itself was amazing. But, in my opinion, it totally missed the mark. The entire production focused on the death of Jesus. The DEATH of Jesus. The crucifixion was a very dramatic scene, with scenes from "The Passion of the Christ" playing in the background. It was incredibly moving. And I thought to myself, "Man, if this is how they do the crucifixion, I can't WAIT to see the resurrection!" Boy, was I in for a let down. The tomb was empty, and Peter sang this slow, sad song about how could he have doubted Christ, and look at the sacrifice he made..........and the end. No trumpets. No dancing in the isles. No celebration. Just a sad song of regret at doubting the love of Christ for us.
Anybody can die. ( <---- PROFOUND THOUGHT)
The miracle of Easter is, to me, two parts. The sacrifice of Jesus laying down his life for all of our sins. But, MORE IMPORTANTLY, the resurrection. That Jesus Christ overcame death so that you and I could be truly forgiven of all of our sins and live forever in Heaven. The miracle of Easter is not only the death of Christ, but the resurrection. You can't have one without the other. We buried Christ on Friday, but on Sunday, He rose again. HE ROSE AGAIN!! How can you NOT celebrate that?
This Easter, I celebrate the resurrection of Christ. I celebrate that he overcame death. I am humbled that he took my place and died a physical death so that I can live with him eternally in Heaven. But come tomorrow, I'm going to be rejoicing that he is ALIVE.
"Where oh death is now thy sting? HALLELUJAH The lamb is ALIVE!!!!!!!!"