…and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 1:4 (NIV)
I had an interesting conversation with an elderly Jewish woman. She shared with me that she celebrated Christmas with her children and grandchildren. “Why not?” she asked. “Decorated trees, a man in a red suit, presents for everyone and a poor baby in a barn. Nothing wrong with that.” Evidently, the meaning of Christmas and the true identity of the “poor baby in the barn” was not threatening enough to her to deny the joys of Christmas to her family.
It made sense I thought. It would be difficult to live in America no matter what religious beliefs one follows without giving in to some yuletide traditions during the much-celebrated Christmas season.
“What about Easter?” I asked.
“Oh no,” she said. “My family has nothing to do with that holiday. Christmas is secular. But, Easter is another story. No other religion in the world claims to have as its leader a god who came back to life. Without Easter there is no Christianity.”
My Jewish friend did not quite have a complete view of Christian theology, but she did have a good point. I must admit, I never thought about Easter in exactly that way. Jesus Christ gave His life as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. He rose triumphantly making eternal life a reality for each person who believes and gives their life to Him.
She is correct! No other “religion” can make that claim.
My dear Lord and Savior, thank You for the twin blessings of Your death for us and Your resurrection for us.
© Christy Struben 2011