Successful teaching requires proper planning. Here is what I want to communicate:
1. Easter isn’t about the candy (or the bunny). At the moment these items become a distraction from the cross, they are doing the work of Hell. Am I anti-candy or anti-Easter-eggs? No—in the same way that I’m not anti-gift-giving at Christmas while clinging to the reason for the season. And yet–
Maintaining the distinction between what is entertainment and what is truth is critical.
2. Without Easter, Christmas wouldn’t matter. (I Corinthians 15:16-17) So to the degree that we build up to Christmas in my house—talking, singing, preparing—we will do the same with Easter. Time-sensitive music will play around the clock. On Easter Sunday, we’ll read the passages that pertain to the death and resurrection of Jesus. (We read Luke 2 at Christmas. Why not read Luke 24 at Easter?) I’ll roll out my best dishes—yes, even with a 6-year-old and 1-year-old at the table—and we’ll celebrate.
Some things matter more than protecting the fine china.
3. Easter is synonymous with life. Christ moved from death to life, and because of it, so can we! Easter is what enables us to grieve differently about those friends and loved ones to whom we’ve said good-bye. So on Easter—if and when we discuss people from the past—we’ll speak with an eye to the future.
Easter changes everything! (John 11:25)
4. Easter is a great day for dressing up, but the soul matters infinitely more than the body. Easter—of all days—shouldn’t be casual. I am all in favor of putting on the nicest options from the closet. And who doesn’t appreciate the obligatory Easter photos that trickle through the news feed after Easter lunch? However. If I care more about how I dress my children than I do how they stand before God, I’ve missed the entire point of the day.
Worshiping God begins in the heart.
5. Easter is a good day for talking to others about Jesus. I know. I know. Every day is a good day to share the gospel. But Easter is a particular gift because people expect us to talk about the Good News. Visitors will trickle into our church services for no other reason than the date on the calendar. Strangers in the community will engage us in conversation about the day. We have a golden opportunity to share our excitement about the most important event in the history of the world.
We must be vigilant not to waste Easter.