Do you have neighbors who go overboard at Christmas or Halloween when it comes to outdoor lighting and decorations? Also, have you wondered about homes decorated for Easter during the Lent season? You must have seen such homes. Most of their owners have no clue about Good Friday or Easter.
Also, if you ask the average child what Easter is all about, he or she will tell you about the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and baskets. (By the way, aren’t you annoyed by that Easter basket ‘grass’ that sticks to everything in our homes and lingers long after Easter?) It’s not just children with cute ideas–many adults don’t know about Good Friday and Easter. They do not know what Jesus did for them. You and I have been taught by our Pastors and Sunday School teachers why the Friday before Easter is called Good. We were also taught why we celebrate Easter.
But we have the task of telling others. In Romans 10, St. Paul asks us “’13…[E]veryone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?“ That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15).
So tell others your plans for this lent season and the coming holy week. Tell them why you attend Wednesday night Lent services in addition to the Sunday services. Start with the children and grandchildren in the family. You can also tell relatives, friends, and coworkers. Tell them why YOU go to church. Tell them because of Jesus, even though YOU may die, YOU will not stay dead. Talk about yourself and what Jesus did for YOU. Invite them to our Easter Service and breakfast (which I have to say is pretty good!)
Now Jesus loves all of His creation including bunnies. He also created the Cacao trees that give us chocolate. But don’t you think it is a little bit strange that parents and grandparents exalt bunnies, jellybeans and decorations over Jesus? And that too is on His Resurrection Day?
That’s why you and I should ask ourselves “How can they hear if I don’t tell them?” They deserve to hear the Good News.
God Bless Us All,
~ Pastor Ben