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Easter Bunnies and Candy

Easter is just around the corner and I have been focusing my thoughts on what we celebrate. As a child, Easter to me only meant candy…lots and lots of candy. Sure, there was more than just candy; there was the Easter Bunny, and the Easter egg hunts. It was a great time of year.

Now that I have grown older, I must admit that then I did not know Jesus. I had heard about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but I never knew Jesus. I went to the occasional Vacation Bible School and some Sunday Schools, (when I would let my grandfather talk me into it) but Easter had nothing to do with Jesus to me as a child. That is something I do not wish repeated for the generation for which I am responsible. I want people, especially children, to know Jesus before they meet the Easter Bunny. I want the Lord to use me in any way to share the Good News of Easter.

Being saved changed my life completely and therefore also my thoughts and philosophies. To look at Easter now I think “Wow!” Jesus did that for me. Do you hear me…for me. That is the message I get over and over while I have been praying. It is that personal experience for each of us. I know that He did it for my wife, my kids, my friends, my family, my neighbors, but still…Jesus died and rose again for me. We need to keep it personal and we need to share it on that same personal level.

Those that don’t know Jesus yet will not be concerned about the big picture. The flesh is a selfish being and they need to know what’s in it for me. The Spirit had a lot of work in my life to bring me to a restored relationship, but it was not until salvation came to me in a personal manner that I was able to see the redemption as it applied to my life. I was that sinner that Jesus came to save.

There is nothing wrong with candy on Easter, but we need to share the reason we celebrate Easter. Christmas is about Jesus’ birth, but Easter celebrates the completion of that life of the One born.

Christian Coutts writes poetry and thoughts, and his wife creates lovely guitar music to go along with his poetry. He says, “ We love creating for the Lord.”

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