Every year I feel compelled to write a message for Easter. I’m not sure why. People who know me, know I don’t like the holidays. I don’t succumb to holiday traditions, holiday sales, or holiday well wishes. I’ll gladly take advantage of holiday vacation time, beyond that, I get more annoyed at how we quickly return to status quo after the holiday hoopla wears off. And yet here I am, another Easter, writing another Easter message.
I think its goes back to the idea that Easter is technically the birth of Christianity. Christ’s rising from the dead is what gave Christianity its sticking power. Yes, Jesus was a great orator. Yes he had an appeal to the average person. But none of that really made him special. You could point to the miracles, but as we’ve seen in bible stories there were sorcerers and other evil spirits that could perform supernatural deeds; so the miracles don’t even make him special. But conquering the grave….haven’t seen that before.
So to call myself a Christian and not give some pause to the importance of Easter, just seems wrong.
In doing my research I ran across articles about the Last Supper. I was reminded of the importance that Jesus put on sharing a meal. Throughout his life we see him interacting with people through the simple process of eating together. And here we see him, not long before his death, and what is he doing….sharing a meal with the people closest to him.
I know many people spend Easter dinner together. My challenge to you (and myself) this year is to go beyond the Easter dinner tradition. Find opportunities throughout the remainder of the year to share a meal. Invite someone over for Saturday brunch. Have a cook out to celebrate the beginning of summer. Host a potluck. Follow the example that Jesus himself set and make meal sharing an important part of your Christian walk.
When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. Luke 22:14-20