Easter is always amazing isn’t it?
Or does that really require some commitment on our part?
I mean we know how it all pans out because we know the ending, right?
We look forward to the family gatherings, the church services, the Easter eggs and special foods. We also might be looking forward to having the thing we gave up for Lent like coffee, chocolate, cool drinks or sugar. We know we have suffered for forty days. We have been preparing ourselves for this special event. Or we might be feeling bad and wishing we had prepared better this year.
I was making cupcakes with my daughter on Good Friday for the Evening With the Catholic Guy Victory event and I was enjoying our time together. She was asking how we can feel really sad on Good Friday when deep down we know that Jesus rose from the dead and the ending is even better than a happily ever after story?
I love that the victory is foremost in her mind!
I thought to myself, “God, why do our children ask these hard questions?” and I’m pretty sure He said to me, “You have to know the answer to this one.” So I knew I couldn’t dodge the question.
But her comment got me asking what is a victory without the suffering that proceeds it? Can we ever really claim the prize without first doing the preparation, the blood, sweat and tears, the suffering and hardship, often involving loneliness and doubt?
My mother used to say to me, “nothing in life worth fighting for comes easy.” I used to think she meant we would have to suffer for everything we got but the emphasis should have been on what is “worth fighting for.” If something is worth a lot to us, we will do everything it takes to get it. If we are applying for a new job, we will spend time preparing by researching and applying and investing our time and energy. But to do that we have to deem it “worthy” and then we are willing to suffer for it.
How worthy must our Father in Heaven deem us to be? .We are considered worth fighting for and in fact, we are worth dying for in the eyes of our Father. Why else would he send his Son to suffer and die on the cross except because we are worthy in His eyes?
We are worth that much!
Watching a dramatic re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to the cross and ultimate death at the Good Friday service broke my heart again as I realised my worth. He did that for me? Even after all I’ve done and failed to do?
If I had done nothing to prepare for Easter during Lent, that one moment was preparation enough to remember that he died on the cross for me and there is no glossing over that to get to the happy ending. I need to be reminded that I am loved that much by our Father, do you?
Easter Sunday arrived and the resurrection story brought renewal of faith and hope for all, including me. All the Lenten promises thankfully completed and fulfilled for this year.
Easter Sunday might be over but we carry the happy ending with us everywhere we go. The victory has been won and that changes everything doesn’t it? My daughter was right, we do know the happy ending and we live it. The power of the resurrection lives today in us.