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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)
To go big in celebrating Easter brings me joy. Bunnies, bright-colored eggs, baskets, and assorted candies.
I even go big for lunch.
Two entrées highlight the meal, roast beef and chicken casserole. Also, the Friday’s Easter menu lists these side-items at no additional charge: gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls, macaroni and cheese, peas, cream corn, and our featured dessert.
So we take our seats at the table. And a feast fit for a king lays before us. But we never disappoint. Second helpings become the sport of the day.
And I keep one tradition in place. Kids, whether little or grown, human or pet, receive a basket. Our adult son and daughter, son-in-law, toddler grandson and infant granddaughter, and our four-legged fury kids.
Baskets spill over with sweet delights and fun toys or gadgets. Still, there’s no boundaries: not age or gender or bloodline. Both my son and son-in-law meet the same eligibility requirements.
I saved my daughter’s first Easter gift as a baby, a blue stuffed rabbit, to give to my grandson his first Easter.
The rabbit’s in impeccable shape. Nothing is torn or tattered or worn. Only a few dirt spots marked his fur, which wiped clean.
And a bunny passed on over twenty-five years later, from mommy to baby, warms my heart. Maybe we will pass it on to more generations.
But, come Easter Sunday, before any other go big stuff happens, we worship in church together as a family. My son-in-law leads worship, my son plays drums, and my husband preaches the Word with a timely message.
The Friday’s agenda is always about Jesus…every Easter, every Sabbath, and every day.
And to go big for Easter really has nothing to do with Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail. Or, even passing on a stuffed rabbit. But it’s about passing on something else.
Jesus came to earth with go big plans from the Father. But here’s the best go big part, He came to die for the sins of all mankind.
The Lamb, impeccable and without blemish, was torn and tattered for us.
Eternal life purchased for us…the first Easter gift. God desires to call each of us one of His kids. There’s no boundaries: not age or gender or bloodline. We each meet the same eligibility requirements because Jesus became our bloodline on the cross.
It’s time to take our seats at the table. The King has laid a feast before us. All items are free: grace, unconditional love, atonement, and salvation. No additional charge for second helpings of forgiveness, mercy, or spiritual blessings.
Lord, Thank You for go big plans met at Calvary and in the resurrection. Help us to remember it’s the most important reason we celebrate Easter. In the name of Jesus. Amen.