By Pastor Vern Kratz
As I was cleaning up the platform after our Easter presentation I found myself saying things like, “Well, we won’t need these choir risers for another year.” And as I boxed up and labelled the music books, getting them ready for the archives (possibly never to be pulled out again), I realized that I was forgetting what Easter was really all about.
Easter, the empty cross, the empty tomb, and the risen Savior isn’t just an event that happened in the past. Yes, I truly believe it was the greatest day in all of history, but never has there ever been an event in the past that has such profound effects on our future.
The truth of Easter isn’t just something I reflect on as a past event, it is something that challenges and shapes how I live today and my decisions about tomorrow.
Easter is the story of new life and new opportunity. It is the story of new beginnings, because without the event of Easter we would be without hope.
Because of Easter we have the opportunity to have a real relationship with Almighty God right now. And to all who believe in the truth of Easter there is a home in heaven waiting for them in eternity. This hope and truth affects how I live every day – not just the days leading up to Easter.
So yes, the choir risers have been put away for another year, and the music has been archived, but the message of Easter lives on. I trust the truth of Easter continues to resonate in your heart and gives you hope and joy for your life and will continue to affect how you live throughout the entire year!
I love that Easter always comes in the spring – just as spring is a reminder to us of new life, so Easter is a reminder of new life and new beginnings.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:15&17