Tomorrow is the day the secular world takes a moment to at least inadvertently acknowledge the TRUTH that we Christians celebrate every day: HE’S ALIVE.
The history of humankind is this–we were created by a loving God in full grace, we fell from that grace, and we were doomed to stay out of grace because no matter how many sacrifices we made, we humans would always fall into sin. And sin separates us from God.
But then, God came to earth in the form of man, His Son Jesus, lived that life as a human and without sin, and then allowed Himself to be sacrificed for the sins of all of us, once and for all.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we step into what Paul explains as
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
And that life, fully lived in faith and the Spirit, bears a fruit that is
love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
As we Christians attempt to bear the fruit of the Spirit, waking up every day knowing that Christ rose again and is alive in us is what gives us the impetus to want to do the often hard work of walking the “narrow path that leads to eternal life” (Matthew 7:14).
Of course, we do not earn our salvation through what we do (beyond admitting to Christ that we are sinners and need Him as our savior), but when we truly accept Christ as our Savior, then we are filled with the desire to want to be what Jesus asked us to be–“perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
So, move over bunny rabbits and colored eggs. And may those who take the time tomorrow to hunt for hidden treasures take more than a moment to realize that the real reason for the holiday is a life-changing decision that is actually the greatest treasure of all: