Have you ever wondered why Christmas can seem so special each year, yet other holidays can be swallowed up in the routines of life. I believe one of the reasons Christmas is so unique in the American family is due to the intentional preparation both outwardly and inwardly. At Christmas, people are often consumed with outwardly decorating their homes and often will find their way into a church service in order to prepare their hearts for the season. Other holidays do not have the same intensity of preparation. My point is not to be critical of the Christmas preparations, but simply to say that holidays become special to our hearts based on the amount of intentional preparation and priority that we put into it. Have you considered the intentional preparation that Christ put into Easter? John 10:17-18 says “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” Jesus’ decision to die was intentional and premeditated. He made an intellectual choice through planning that can be seen from ancient prophecy, even to Christ’s preparation of His followers. Jesus also made a physical choice in allowing himself to be caught without retaliation. Jesus even made an emotional choice to care more about the obedience to God, the reconciliation of sinners, and the defeat of Satan, then about His own life. The circumstances around Christ’s death were not a combination of unfortunate events and political conspiracies. No, Christ planned his death from the beginning to the last breath He took on the cross. Jesus intentionally chose to die for you. Easter is a very unique day of celebration because our Lord Jesus Christ had intentionally prepared our redemption from sin and made it a priority to complete. Be intentional in celebrating Easter because our Lord was. You can do this through the following:
- Read the Biblical account of Christ’s atoning death found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
- Attend your local church Easter services.
- Spend some extra time in prayer, praising the Lord for such a great salvation.
- Celebrate with family and friends not just with festivities, but with a conversation of praise about Christ’s redemption, perhaps with sharing your personal testimony of trusting Christ.