Are you excited for spring? I know that I am, even though the weather outside is only beginning to make its change into a more temperate pattern. While I’m excited for all that spring brings, my children, especially my son, are very excited for spring to arrive. One day this past week Nathan was looking out of our living room window and saw a rabbit in the yard. “Daddy! Come look! There’s a rabbit in the yard. Spring is here!” He was so excited. But the words that came up next were even more exciting for me. “That means Easter is almost here!” I’ve never heard it said with more gusto than in that moment.
Easter has to be one of my favorite days of the year. The church services are filled with a special joy and excitement as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead! We have parties, dinners, family gatherings, and the wonderful Easter Egg hunts. It is crucial to our faith that we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection—He conquered death and those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior never need to fear death anymore! I can’t imagine a better reason to celebrate.
As I listened to Nathan and experienced his excitement, there was a thought that came to my mind. I began to question if it was good to rush to Easter without contemplating Good Friday. If you’re not familiar with Good Friday, this is the day when Jesus died on the cross for us. The Scriptures say that there can be no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood, and Jesus did that for us on the cross. Without this horrific event, we’d have no opportunity to have our sins paid for and our salvation secured. Both Good Friday and Easter are vitally important and need to be a part of every Christian’s life.
I have noticed, though, that we have a tendency to either rush past or ignore Good Friday and head straight to Easter. While Easter is always a more pleasant thought, let me caution you against rushing past Good Friday. We need to take time to contemplate the incredible love, grace, and forgiveness that God displays on the cross. No one else has ever done such an amazing thing for you! Jesus did it on the cross. If we miss out on this time of contemplation and thanksgiving, we miss out on much of the redemption story. It is at the cross where our sins were paid for. It is through His blood that our relationship can be restored. It is through His resurrection that life is guaranteed and victory over sin and death is won. We need both. Don’t rush to Easter. Let Good Friday make your Easter celebrations all the more glorious this year.