For the last few days leading up to Easter, I decided to read from The Jesus Storybook Bible with my kids. It's one of my favorite versions of classic Bible stories, because it rings of HOPE throughout each chapter.
The hope was that God would send someone to rescue us from our paths towards destruction. No matter what happened, God reminded people that He had a plan and He hadn't forgotten them.
Jesus was that plan. Jesus was our hope. Jesus IS our hope!
And that's why we celebrate Easter. We dyed hard-boiled eggs, hung up decorations, hunted Easter eggs, and ate the ears off of chocolate bunnies :-) But it's all a part of the bigger celebration. We don't forget the "why."
Through the lens of Jesus' selfless love, we can see life as beautiful. We can live with purpose. We can experience joy & freedom.
Go everywhere and tell everyone the happy news! Tell them I love them so much that I died for them. It's the Truth that overcomes the terrible lie. God loves his children. Yes, he really does! Now everyone can come home to God. Death is not the end of you. You can live forever with your Father in heaven because I have rescued the whole world! -Jesus (The Jesus Storybook Bible)