For Easter we also had a Charlie Brown tape -- but it was all about the eggs and the bunny and spring and somehow, it just seems hollow these days.
The most important day of the Christian calendar is NOT Christmas. It is tomorrow. The world calls it Easter, but it's Resurrection Sunday. Because if there's no resurrection, there's no point at all.
Sure, the eggs and spring are symbols of rebirth. And cultures have celebrated the earth re-awakening after the winter for many thousands of years. But the world around us is NOT celebrating the glorious news that Jesus is ALIVE. They're missing the point! Death could not hold Him.
He willingly gave His life as atonement for my sin. Your sin. The whole world's sin. Whether or not those people He gave his life for wanted Him or NOT...
I know there are people in your life who you love very much. But would you sacrifice them? If you're a parent, would you sacrifice your child so that another might live? Of course not!
But God did. Do you realize how loving, generous and amazing that is?
Then how can you continue to spurn Him? How can you continue to look in the face of the Creator (you can see Him all around you) and say, "I do not want you?"
There's no gimmick. No special way of praying. No putting in money or joining a particular church. No new way of dressing or rules about what you eat. Just accepting.
He Died For You.
Is that not enough?