However, some of you may push back against this general indictment, saying, “Not me. I go to church on Easter.” Perhaps you do, at least you go physically, but is your heart there? Jesus said once, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:7-9).
This Easter, churches will be full. They always are. It is the Super Bowl of Sunday Services. But is there truly heart filled worship? Now, don’t get me wrong, I am glad that people go to Church on that day, in fact, I will invite numerous people to come to Church, but I wish their hearts came with them.
For Easter is not about delighting in sensual pleasures and material goods, it is about delighting in God. Easter is a celebration of the unfathomable. It is a day devoted to remembering the day that Emmanuel (God with us) became a man, died on a cross, and rose from a grave for the purpose of saving us from damnation and reconciling us to our Maker.
Easter is about the Lamb of God who comes to take away our sins (John 1:29). Easter is about the Lion of Judah conquering the curse of this fallen world (Revelation 5:5). Easter is about the Good Shepherd laying down his life for the sheep (John 10:11). Easter is about a loving God graciously giving us eternal life through the death of His only begotten Son (1 John 4:9).
In the midst of our paganism, we have forgotten the Truth. Shame on us. It is time to repent and return to the feet of Christ.
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” (Matthew 28:6-9).