Luke 24:5b-6a “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.”
Holidays provoke different memories for each of us. The traditions we participate in shape the way we think and feel about certain days of the year. That is why it is important to wisely develop and sustain our Easter traditions. They can be the fertile soil for resurrecting the excitement of our beliefs if we understand the why of our actions.
I have many memories of the Easter season. I understood from childhood the importance of the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the grave. While my family enjoyed the prevalent cultural traditions of Easter baskets and egg hunts, we focused more on the true meaning of the holiday. I can remember a sense of excitement welling up from the message that Jesus stymied death by rising again after three days. Even as a child this news gave me hope for my own future.
When you children were younger we sought to build special memories that would point you towards Christ. For years we would watch a short clip of the movie, Jesus of Nazareth, every night during Passion Week, culminating in Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter Sunday. But even the smaller things served to remind us that this was a special time. The new special Sunday outfits added to the festive atmosphere, and the celebratory dinner with family, featuring lamb cake, served to spotlight the greatest event in history.
Small Reminders Can Make a Difference
I’ve noticed in more recent years that some of these traditions have slowly faded. Even at church, you don’t really see the attenders sporting new Easter attire in the way they did in years past. With such busy lives many of the small observances during Passion Week get set on the back burner. When we don’t take the time for all the small reminders the excitement of the season dissipates in the regular grind of every day life. But this is not how it should be.
Resurrecting Easter Traditions
So this year I’ve decided to resurrect some of the old traditions in order to tune in to the incredible blessing of Jesus’ gift of salvation. Join me in spending the week meditating on the events that occurred so many years ago. Attend a special service, daily read a pertinent passage of Scripture, watch the story of the Passion on your TV, dress in your Sunday best, and pull out the Lamb cake recipe. These and other family Easter traditions remind us to celebrate Jesus!
He has risen!!
He has risen indeed!