I’ve been reminiscing Easters of my youth after reading a friend’s Facebook post.
Easter has always been a special day in our family. I remember preparing the right clothing … special dresses, frillier than we usually wore. Sometimes the dresses were homemade … sometimes store bought. I remember curls in our hair … bows or barrettes. The preparation was significant … we were dressing up to celebrate!
I remember early, early Sunday sunrise services. It was almost always cold. I remember going to Fort Story in Virginia Beach – a beautiful place for worship!
I remember the Easter cantatas – beautiful arrangements of music that lifted the soul upward in worship.
I remember singing with gusto, Up from the grave He arose! The music was triumphant, inspiring, celebratory!
We had egg hunts, dinner, family time.
Why the preparation, the emphasis on this big day?
Because … God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10) Christ taught us about love on Easter! And it is love we were celebrating!
A poet from ancient days wrote this about Easter …
MOST glorious Lord of Lyfe! that, on this day,
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And, having harrowd hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:
This joyous day, deare Lord, with joy begin;
And grant that we, for whom thou diddest dye,
Being with Thy deare blood clene washt from sin,
May live for ever in felicity!
And that Thy love we weighing worthily,
May likewise love Thee for the same againe;
And for Thy sake, that all lyke deare didst buy,
With love may one another entertayne!
So let us love, deare Love, lyke as we ought,
–Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.