One thing that is clear in the scripture, that Christians should not be coincident with the world in anything (Rom 12:2). Do we live in the world? Yes, without doubt. Do we enjoy things in the world. Absolutely we do. However, do we let the things of the world define us? That is a step too far. For us at Grace Bible, music is a perfect example of this separation unto holiness. We maintain that if the world were to begin singing and rejoicing over the songs in our hymnal, we would have to change. We make choices across the board that separate us from the world and the things of the world.
This is equally true with respect to holidays. Let’s be clear, we do not do this to be more perfect than anyone else. We do not claim to be better than anyone else. We just want to do what we can in accordance with the scriptures to honor the Lord. We try to do just one little thing more as we grow in Christ, as our sanctification develops to “work out [our] own salvation with fear an trembling.” (Phil 2:12) We die daily for Christ (1 Corinthians 15:31).
Our theme this year is, “Praise and celebrate the Light of God’s grace.” To grow in grace and celebrate Christ we look at holidays differently than others. Our first effort is to identify with the real meaning of the day, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is one of our small steps. Easter is not about eggs, bunnies or anything mythical. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to defeat Satan and his most challenging tool, death. His first efforts to tempt mankind to sin in the garden revolved around a confusing half truth argument, “You will not surely die.” (Gen 3:4) This shifting sand of half truth is where our world lives quite often.
Today we celebrate the fact that Jesus resurrected unto physical life again from the tomb. This rips death from Satan’s grasp. No longer is it a hammer held over the head of man. Faith, true dependence on Christ as personal savior releases the grip of the fear of death. Quoting Hosea 13:14, Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:54-56 tells us death is swallowed up in victory! This is our celebration.
As Paul writes, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Forget the foolishness of the easter egg hunt, the silliness of a mythical rabbit, remember the historic fact that Jesus was crucified so you can live eternally in Heaven. Enjoy the chocolate but enjoy more the freedom in Christ.