The beautiful message of Easter

Today’s post is one I wrote for the Hearts at Home Hearts On-The-Go monthly
e-newsletter.  I don’t usually repeat content from the newsletter to the blog, but with Easter just days away, this message is one that I feel bears repeating.

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Do you ever wish you could have a do-over?

I know I do!  When I mishandle a situation with my kids, I wish I could go back, start over, and respond rather than react.

When I say something to my husband with a disrespectful tone in my voice, I want to rewind the tape and start over.

If you’ve have found yourself longing for a do-over, there’s good news.

While there’s no physical way to push the rewind button on our life, we have a God who is in the business of fresh starts.  That’s what Easter is all about!

Jesus’ death on the cross was all about starting over.  He died for us and then came to life again three days later. His death and resurrection set the pattern for what our life in God is to look like.  When we mess up, God’s forgiveness puts the sin to death and begins new life in our heart.  It’s the Easter story over and over again in our life.  Easter is really all about do-overs!

So in real life it looks like this:

  • I accept Christ as my Savior.  I thank Him for His death on the cross for me, and I ask Him to be the leader of my life.
  • When I mishandle a situation with my kids, I tell God I’m sorry.  I accept His forgiveness and walk in His grace. Then I apologize to my kids, and I start over.
  • When I speak to my husband disrespectfully, I apologize to God and accept His forgiveness.  Then I apologize to my husband and walk confidently in my do-over.

Here’s the best part: the more I apologize and make it right, the more I’m motivated to change.  The full do-over happens when I allow God to transform my heart and I stop doing the same sin over and over again.

What if this Easter, it was less about the Easter bunny and eggs and more about a new life in Christ?  What if we got serious about the do-over’s God offers?

I think that’s a treat that’s sweeter than any chocolate filled Easter egg any day!

What about you?  What do you do to make Easter more than being about eggs and bunnies?

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7 Responses to The beautiful message of Easter

  1. Viola Saldanha says:

    During the season of Lent, all faithfuls are encouraged to do penance, give alms, increase prayer time, fast, abstain from addictions, etc.

    I read the following recently and would like to share with others ‘A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO FASTING’.

    1. Fast from anger and hatred…..Give your family an extra dose of love each day.
    2. Fast from judging others…..Before making any judgments, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.
    3. Fast from discouragement…..Hold on to Jesus’ promise that He has a perfect plan for you.
    4. Fast from complaining…..When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you.
    5. Fast from resentment or bitterness!…..Work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.
    6. Fast from spending too much money…..Try to reduce your spending by ten percent and give those saving to the poor.
    7. Fast from wasting time……Save this precious time and spend with the Lord or in His service.
    Wishing you all a meaningful Easter.

  2. Shonda B. says:

    For the Lent season this year, I have been focusing on purpose. Making sure that all the things I do and say are grounded in my purpose to be a better Wife, Mother, Daughter, and Friend. I want to make sure that I’m not just “playing” life but intentionally living life. I don’t plan to make this Easter about just candy and bunnies, but I want to really enjoy my family, by simply being able to share time and space with them. Our plan is to attend Easter service and have a wonderful and intimate family BBQ.

  3. Treva Buchanan says:

    Every year since my husband and I have been together (11 yrs) 🙂 we’ve participated in Lent. His step-mom was very big into Lent. She’s since went on to be with the Lord; she was so meaningful about it and had such passion. This is something we wanted to pass on to our girls when they were old enough to understand Lent. We have a 10 yr old & a 5 yr old. This is the 1st year our 5 yr old has participated. She made the choice to give up pop which to support her, I’ve done the same and our 10 yr old gave up nail biting. Around Easter time when candy, cookies & egg hunts are discussed we always ask them…whats the true meaning of Easter. Last year we made Easter Story Cookies (I’ll post the recipe below). It’s a wonderful way to explain Easter to any child. Our girls LOVED it so much that we’ve decided to make it a yearly recipe for our family! Enjoy!

    Easter Story Cookies

    1 cup whole pecans
    1 tsp. vinegar
    3 egg whites
    1 pinch salt
    1 cup sugar
    Zipper baggie
    Wooden spoon
    Tape
    Bible

    Instructions:
    Preheat oven to 300°F.
    Place pecans in zipper baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

    Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

    Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

    Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

    So far the ingredients are not very appetizing…
    Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

    Beat with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

    Fold in broken nuts.
    Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was lain. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

    Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
    Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

    GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave them in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers felt despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

    On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

  4. Viola Saldanha says:

    Oh! I loved Treva Buchanan’s recipe unfolding the story of Easter.

    Such a thought provoking way to introduce the Passion & Resurrection of Jesus to our kids.

    Thank you Jill, for giving us the opportunity to participate in your beautiful web site and thank you Treva for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Erin C. says:

    Hi Jill and everyone else! Thank you Jill for sharing this. I think we all get too caught up in the worldy prespective of Easter (eggs, Easter baskets, etc). Without Easter however, we wouldn’t even have these things! So, I would take this time to share with my daughter, and eventually, my second daughter as well, the true meaning of this…just like Christmas is waaaaayyyy too commercialized as well!