Easter is over. The chocolate bunnies are eaten. The leftovers from Easter dinner are gone. The new outfits have been dry cleaned and tucked away in the closet. It’s back to business as usual. But if we celebrate the resurrection then go back to status quo then we’ve missed the point.
Easter is a new beginning. For the Jewish people Passover was a significant time. While the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt the last plague was the Passover. Everyone who put blood on their door post was passed over. Those homes that did not have the blood, the first born of the house was killed. This was the final straw and the pharaoh finally allowed them to leave.
For Christians Easter represents the birth of Christianity. If Jesus had just lived a long healthy life and died of natural causes would that be significant? Would the story be as powerful? Even if he still did the same stuff would it be as “great”? There was something about demonstrating the power over death that sparked a new beginning. Christianity went from being a cult to spreading across the land.
Even for the pagan traditions that some Easter practices are founded, the holiday was to celebrate spring and fertility (hence the bunny rabbit). Saying goodbye that that which is dead and cold, welcoming new life and new season.
Easter is about turning the corner….a new beginning…making a fresh start….lighting a fire…the birth of something BIG. It’s great to celebrate the holiday with whatever traditions and ceremonies you choose. But what comes after the celebrations?