“He Rose” By The Puny “Easter” Name Is Not The Same

Why do we hide the shocking concept of Jesus of Nazareth coming back to life never to die again, behind the weak words, “Happy Easter,” and then weaken it even more by throwing in eggs, a bunny, baskets, shopping, decorative candy, and fancy clothes?

It reminds me of the time that the death-defeating Jesus was walking with two of His disciples and although they where having a conversation with Him about the empty tomb, they didn’t even recognize Jesus.  Even so, we in the 21st Century make much ado about a day that we claim is in honor of Jesus coming back to life, while we focus on puny distractions ignoring the living, ever-present Jesus in our midst.

Billions of people go through the Easter season doing the holiday stuff yet missing out on the reality of life-changing intimacy with the living Christ.  It’s like having a smartphone while believing that it is nothing but a paper weight.  The samrtphone that can give almost unlimited access to the cyberworld is trivialized as a meaningless lump.  Even so, in our society, the risen Jesus Christ is ignored and/or trivialized by a holiday that claims to honor His resurrection.

Let’s break out of the mold; move beyond the trivial, the words, the distractions; and let the resurrected Jesus confront us with His awesome Presence and reality!  (Perhaps a better name for this holiday would be Dead Man Walking Day)  Let’s personally experience the life-transforming power of these words:

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever With His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

If you are looking for a non-traditional Easter worship experience, visit The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center on Sundays @ 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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9 Responses to “He Rose” By The Puny “Easter” Name Is Not The Same

  1. terry1954 says:

    i have always wondered how easter bunnies got involved with the real reason of easter

    • Steve Simms says:

      Me too, Terry. It doesn’t make any sense. Unless it is to illustrate that Jesus hopped out of the tomb and keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny.

      Or unless it is a spiritual attack designed to distract people’s attention away from the Resurrection of Jesus.

      • terry1954 says:

        it makes no sense to me. i understand Christmas presents and how it revolves around the gifts for Christ. although i think the reason for gift giving to day is way out of hand,and very little is stressed on the true reason, but the easter bunny? i don’t get that either

  2. sherwood8028 says:

    Sadly, it is the “church” that has promoted His day as a time for the ladies to wear the latest in fashion attire and provide colored eggs for the children, nothing of which has anything to do with what Christians ought to worship as the day of all days – the one most distinctive of all of our holidays.

    But then what does any of that matter to me. I am not as educated as the leaders of the church must be to attain such high ranking. I started following the Lord Jesus and His teachings almost 37 years ago and day by day, it grows “sweeter and sweeter”, more precious than anything else I have seen in all of those years.

    It was out of such experiences that the early followers began to grow in numbers to the point where the epitome of man’s knowledge at the time, the Roman empire, fell on its knees – not to worship Him but to acknowledge defeat.

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