What can I say that hasn't already been said about Easter? Churches proclaimed the Good News around the world today. What can I add that could bring one bit of insight into this already well documented day?
As I considered the question, my older brother came to mind. As kids, whenever we watched fireworks it was always fun to stand next to him. Well, it was either fun or very irritating. With each boom of the launch, each whistle just before the explosion of a pop and burst of color and crackling wonderfulness, my brother would comment. "Wow!" or "Look at that!" "That's beautiful!" Every. time. Every firework was a wonder to him. And I'm guessing that he is still like that. I imagine that he continues to love a great Fourth of July show at Arnold's Park, even though he has driven over to the Lakes for forty plus years to experience it. The excitement of "what's it going to look like this time" never gets old.
I'm thinking that this is the way I want Easter Sunday to feel. Every. Year. I want it to be amazing. I want to wake up and say, "YES! Jesus rose from the dead!" Every Easter I want to dress up in new clothes, go to a church that sings Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia...and sing my heart out until tears fall from my eyes. I want to listen to the Hallelujah Chorus sung by a huge choir - accompanied by a pipe organ. I want to feel pride, joy and wonder as I sing, Crown Him with Many Crown, the Lamb upon His throne!
Like I felt today.
I want it to never grow old.
Awake, my soul and sing of Him Who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
Jesus is our rescue from sin, death, hopelessness, and fear: a miracle, straight from the heart of God.
My hope for this Easter Sunday, for all Christians everywhere, is to never lose the wonder. Never let the salvation story feel boring due to repetition. It is amazing, spectacular and new every morning and celebrated every Easter.
Tomorrow life goes back to normal. But for today, we have reason to be crazy thankful, extremely celebratory all the while being mesmerized, amazed and overwhelmed.
Christ is alive. Death did not keep him down. He lives to love on us, guide us, forgive us, delight in and offer us something we cannot do for ourselves: a life free from the sin that so easily entangles and hopelessness that keeps us striving for more.
Happy Easter everyone. May we never lose the joy and wonder of this spectacular God on this remarkable day.