My friend Tracy was enticed by a bag of brightly colored Easter candy at the local grocery store. Little did she know when she took the bag of jelly beans from the shelf, that the bag had a big hole in it. The entire bag of candy scattered all across the floor of the store and down the aisle, creating a huge commotion. Tracy was afraid the jelly beans might cause an elderly person to stumble and fall so she desperately tried to clean up. She told me that’s what she gets for giving into the sweet temptation. The good news is no one tripped and fell in her Easter mess.
My friend’s jelly bean dilemma reminded me of something that has crept into our American culture. When I look around at the various stores and watch the ads on television, Easter is becoming more commercialized each year. Easter break is now called Spring Break. Easter is about bunny rabbits, eggs, flowers, candy, ham dinners, and new clothes. Easter is no longer a Christian holiday and our pagan society entices us away from the true meaning and message. Our worldliness tempts us to forget the centrality of the Cross and makes an Easter mess of the single most important event in history.
Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Most people don’t want to hear the message of the cross anymore. Liberal thinkers stumble over Easter and say the cross represents weakness and a mean-spirited God. They trip over the message of the cross and it is foolishness to them.
But to those of us who know, the cross is the ultimate statement of love, sacrifice, and grace. And what followed the cross, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that event is the ultimate statement of power!
What part of Easter is causing you to stumble? What part will you play in cleaning up this Easter mess?
Heavenly Father, Remind us daily of the true meaning of Easter. Show us how to clean up this mess so no one else will stumble. In the name of the Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, Amen