What is the meaning of Easter?
What is the meaning of Easter? Ask any child: “Easter is Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs.” Ask any mother: “Easter is new Easter Clothes.” Ask any dad: “Easter is a good Easter Dinner.” Has the true meaning of Easter escaped us?
Easter means Christ is Lord! In Matthew 28:6, than angel at the tomb tells the women who came, “He is not here, for he is risen.” If Easter means anything, it means Jesus Christ is Lord. He has authority over life, death and salvation. The message of Easter is that Jesus is alive. Christ is our living Lord!
To carry the news of the Battle of Waterloo to England, a sailing ship signaled to a man on shore, who relayed the word to another on a hill, and so on across Britain. The first word, “Wellington,” was signaled. The next word, “defeated” was also signaled. And than a fog closed in, and the message halted.
Across England people wept over the message. “Wellington defeated.” Then the fog lifted. The communication continued with two additional words, “the enemy.” Englishmen celebrated the victory!
There was great sorrow when the body of Jesus was carried from the cross to the tomb. The signal seemed to say, “Jesus Christ defeated.” But three days later the fog lifted and the angel announced, “Jesus Christ defeated the enemy.”
“The Christ event,” writes William Hull, “began with life from an empty womb and ended with life from an empty tomb. Empty womb, empty tomb – what is this if not a description of the God who creates things that are, out of things that are not and who can make dead things come to life again.” This is indeed is the meaning of Easter. Christ alive in you!